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Lawn Overseeding 101

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Posted on: Mar 15, 2024Raunie

Lawn overseeding can help improve your turf’s overall health and appearance. How? Seeding your lawn is a process of spreading grass seed over the already existing turf to help fill in the gaps. Generally, overseeding is best for larger areas where the turf is thin, but not bare. We do recommend spot-seeding smaller areas that are thin or if you are suffering from a weed infestation, both in the spring and in the fall. This helps the lawn crowd out existing weeds and replace the bare areas with healthy grass.

The Benefits of Lawn Overseeding Include:

  • Filling in areas of turf damaged by summer stress, diseases, or insects
  • Thickening and increasing the density of thin lawns
  • Improving the lawn’s appearance
  • Positive Environmental Benefits by having thick lush grass.
  • Enhancing the lawn’s ability to fight weeds, insects, and diseases

Lawn Overseeding 101: Did You Know?

Lawn overseeding is good for lawns that suffer from weed infestation, drought stress, insect or disease damage, or that show other evidence of decline, such as bare patches. Overseeding a lawn with newer types of turfgrass is often the best way to thicken the lawn and improve its health and appearance. The new turf grass is better able to resist damage from drought, turf grass diseases, and lawn-damaging insects.

In general, lawn overseeding is most beneficial to cool-season grasses like red fescue, ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. But certain types of warm-season grasses benefit from overseeding, too, especially in the winter when they go dormant.

How Best to Apply Seeding?

Lawn overseeding is effective by itself, but it is best to combine it with liquid aeration. A liquid aeration is humic and fulvic acid that, when sprayed on a lawn, creates microscopic bubbles under the soil that effectively creates room for the roots of the grass to freely grow. It is newer technology but has been aggressively tested to be an alternative to the traditional core aeration without the mess!

There’s a good reason for combining overseeding with aeration. The liquid aeration helps create an environment where new seeds can grow and fill in any bare or thinning areas. Once the seed germinates, the seedlings must be kept moist with light frequent watering until they are established. This process typically takes up to 14 days.