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Lawn Overseeding 101

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Posted on: Apr 08, 2021Raunie

Lawn overseeding can help improve your turfs 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 evidences 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 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 lawn aeration. A lawn aeration pulls cores of soil from the lawn and the seeds are distributed evenly by a lawn spreader. These services are often done together because the seeds have the chance to start deep into the soil and establish rather than having to burrow through the thick, compacted soil.

There’s a good reason for combining overseeding with aeration. The holes created by the aeration process allow good seed-to-soil contact. This adds seed germination. Once the seed germinates, the seedlings must be kept moist with light frequent watering until they are established.

If you think overseeding is right for your lawn, simply book your service online. Not sure? Our Customer Care Professionals are happy to help over a short call or email!