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Properly Overseeding Your Lawn

A beautiful lawn is something that everyone wants to be able to enjoy. After all, don’t you want something beautiful for your children or pets to play on? To enjoy backyard cookouts and barbecues with family and friends? However, in order to have a picturesque lawn you may need to consider having your lawn over-seeded. There are times where you may need to reseed or over-seed your lawn in order to bring it to its full potential. In this article you can learn all about over-seeding and determining if it may be right for your lawn.

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What is Lawn Over-seeding?

Lawn over-seeding is mechanically agitating grass seed into slits in the ground. It is not a drastic measure like a complete lawn renovation, but it will most definitely help your lawn look more beautiful, full and green. Generally speaking, if more than 40 percent of your lawn needs to be replaced or repaired, lawn renovation is required. If under 40 percent of the lawn needs repair, then it can be handled by lawn over-seeding without doing a full lawn renovation.


Why Might Your Lawn Need Overseeding?

Below are some reasons to consider lawn over-seeding:

  • Certain areas of your lawn are looking thin
  • Your lawn has bare patches
  • Your lawn is looking brown
  • There are damages in different areas of your lawn due to overuse
  • Weeds have damaged your lawn or started to overrun areas
  • Different insects have affected your lawn
  • Animals such asvoles or moles have damaged your lawn
  • To mix in a more hardy seed with the current lawn to make your lawn look more lush

The Best Time to Overseed Your Lawn

In different regions of the United States, the best time to over-seed your lawn is in August or September, in the early fall and late summer. An advantage of seeding later in the year is when Weeds are less prone to germinating and growing in your yard which will create better conditions for the seed to grow in.

Below are the steps involved in lawn over-seeding:

Diagnose lawn issues: First of all you should know the reason why your lawn is not growing well in certain areas, it may be due to lack of sunlight,a drainage issues, a disease, or pest infestation. Such problems should be treated before overseeding.

Picking out best seed: Find out the best type of seed to use if you are intending to add an additional type of grass to what you currently have. Make sure you pick the correct grass seed specific to your region and also the conditions they will be in such as a full sun or full shade mix.

Clear Your lawn:  Remove all debris, branches, and leaves from your lawn. Mark off any landmarks such as sprinkler heads or anything other items that may be damaged by over-seeding equipment.

Treat the Weeds: Make sure to treat the weeds before planting in new grass seed. Otherwise, the weeds might continue to grow and take over. New grass seed will not germinate if a crabgrass pre-emergent has recently been applied to the lawn.

Test the Soil: Test your lawn’s soil pH balance to make sure that there are no underlying problems in it.

Treat Your Lawn With Fertilizer: Fertilization will make sure that when the new seeds are planted, they are more likely to thrive and grow.

Mow Your Lawn:Prior to over-seeding make sure that you mow the lawn so that you can give the seeds time to grow without being disturbed by a lawn mower.

Aerate and Rake:Removing soil compaction from your lawn can help to make it more responsive to new seeds.

Plant the Seeds: Once you selected the best seeds to plant and your lawn’s soil is ready, try to spread the seeds evenly across the soil. Lawn care services like Top Cut Lawn Care offer power seeding treatments that will make sure seeds are spread evenly across the lawn by the use of mechanical equipment.
Water Your Lawn: Regular watering will help newly planted seeds to grow, 15-20 minutes of watering a few times a day and then slowly decrease the watering schedule over a few week span.

Treat Your Lawn Carefully: Be careful with the new patches of grass in  your lawn, the way you would be careful with new plants. Do not mow or walk on the newly seeded areas until the grass reaches two to three inches in height.
Have Sharp Mower Blades:  It isvery important to havesharp lawn mower blades for you lawn mower, especially when you are going to use the mower on new grass. A mower with dull blades will not only do a lousy job cuttingbut it is also more susceptible to lawn diseases as it actually tears the grass instead of cutting it.


It is an essential part of proper lawn maintenance to fill out your lawn and make sure it has all required nutrients to continue to grow and be strong enough to protect itself. If your lawn needs to be over-seeded do not put it off, the sooner you have your lawn over-seeded, the sooner you will have a perfect lawn in which you and your family can enjoy.