Overseeding: Everything You Need to Know
Overseeding is the process of adding more seeds to an area than what was originally planted in order to achieve a desired outcome. This is often done with lawns, as overseeding can help to thicken up a lawn, fill in bald spots, and improve the overall appearance of the lawn. There are a few things you need to know before overseeding your lawn-the best time of year to do it, the types of seeds to use, and how to care for the new seedlings. This article will give you all the information you need to get started on overseeding your lawn.
When is the best time of the year to do it?
The best time to overseed your lawn is in the fall, before the first frost. This gives the new seedlings a chance to get established before winter sets in. The second best time to overseed is in the spring, after the last frost.
What type of seeds should you use?
The type of seed you use will depend on the type of lawn you have. If you have a cool-season lawn, such as fescue or bluegrass, then you should use cool-season grass seed. If you have a warm-season lawn, such as bermuda grass or zoysia grass, then you should use warm-season grass seed.
How do you care for the new seedlings?
Once you’ve scattered the seed, you need to keep the area moist so that the seeds can germinate. This means watering daily, for at least 20 minutes. You can either water by hand or set up an irrigation system. If you live in an area with a lot of rainfall, you may not need to water at all. Once the seedlings have germinated, you should continue to water them daily until they are established, which takes about 4-6 weeks. After that, you can cut back on watering to once or twice a week.
How much seed do you need?
The amount of seed you need will depend on the size of the area you are overseeding and the type of seed you are using. A general rule of thumb is to use 2-3 pounds of seed per 100 square feet.
What are the benefits of overseeding?
There are many benefits to overseeding your lawn, including:
- Thickening up a thin lawn: Overseeding can help to thicken up a lawn that is thinning out. This is because the new seedlings will fill in the spaces between the existing grass plants.
- Filling in bald spots: Overseeding can also help to fill in bald spots in your lawn. This is because the new seedlings will take root and grow in the bare areas.
- Improving the overall appearance of your lawn: Over seeding can also improve the overall appearance of your lawn by making it denser and more lush.
- Reducing weeds: Overseeding can also help to reduce weeds in your lawn by crowding them out.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start over seeding your lawn!
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