How To Overseed Your Lawn
Homeowners strive for a beautiful, lush lawn every coming year. What is the secret? Overseeding. This type of proactive plan keeps lawns looking great year round. Whether your lawn is brand new or you have tended it years, overseeding drastically improves the final look.
What is overseeding? This technique is simply spreading grass seed over your already existing lawn. Overseeding prevents your lawn from thinning with age.
No matter the geography or type of grass, the following basics will lead you to successful overseeding and a beautiful lawn.
- Timing is Everything – Make sure to plan out and do research for the best time to overseed. Different areas suggest different times of the year best fit for your lawn.
- Preparation – Before planting the new seeds, prepare your existing lawn. Mow your lawn extra short (scalping) and remove all clippings, this provides the new seeds exposure to soil, sunlight and water for growth.
- Seed Selection – The better the seeds, the better the lawn. Chose the correct seed that works best for your regional area.
- Spreading Seed – Rather by hand or spreaders, apply seed when air is calm for even distribution.
- Fertilization – After spreading the seeds, fertilize your new grass for essential nutrients. This is important for a healthy growing and greening.
- Water Water Water – All overseeded lawns need constant moisture. Water your new lawn twice a day for the first four days, then water more heavily every other day for the next five days. Keep an eye on your lawn, if wilting begins start watering more frequently.