Every homeowner’s ideal lawn is green, lush, and thick, but this perfect lawn can be difficult to achieve. One great way to get closer to that flawless lawn is to properly overseed. Overseeding is a fundamental component to achieving a thick, healthy turf that will protect against weeds. Follow this guide to overseeding and see how effective it is for yourself!
What are the Benefits
Your lawn naturally has a slow reproduction process, so when you overseed you help your lawn to stay thick, and rejuvenate areas that have become thin over time. Another benefit is that it helps protect your lawn against weeds and disease. This is because the best defence against weeds is a thick, healthy turf that weeds can’t penetrate.
Best Time to Overseed
There are two ideals times each year to overseed. The first is late Summer to early Fall, because it helps to give the grassroots a chance to become established before Winter. You can also overseed in the Spring months before Summer, as this is another high growth period for your grass. By taking advantage of these two high growth periods, your seeds have the best chance of germination.
Preparation for Overseeding
Mow your Lawn
For overseeding to work, the seeds must reach the soil, so mow your lawn down to 2 inches or lower so seeds won’t become stuck in the grass blades. Also, ensure you remove grass clippings if you don’t have a bag attachment for your lawn mower, because leftover grass clippings can block the seeds from reaching the soil.
Dethatching is another way to prep your lawn before overseeding. It allows you to remove grass clippings that have been left over from cutting your lawn, as well as dead grass that has been building up over time. When your turf is suffering from thatch build up, it can result in poor growing conditions for new grass. Dethatching will also help the seed to come into contact with the soil.
Core aeration is beneficial when preparing your lawn for overseeding because it allows air, water, and other nutrients to reach the grassroots. This helps to create ideal growing conditions for the seeds to germinate.
Now that you’ve done all the prep work, it’s time to overseed your turf! Every type of grass is different, as are the directions for growing them. So follow the directions on the package carefully, especially when determining how much to spread on your lawn. Remember that aftercare is just as important as the prep work, so ensure that you are keeping the seed well watered.
These guidelines will help you overseed your lawn for a lush, green turf. Overseeding and the preparation required can take a lot of work, but luckily you don’t have to do it all by yourself. Give us a call today at 1.888.791.8873 and let us do the work for you! If you have any questions about our services, visit our FAQ page.