Lawn Overseeding for a Thicker Lush Lawn
Summer is over and the hot, dry weather is finally gone. Your thick green yard from the spring may have suffered a little damage from the stress of summer. There is a solution to whip your lawn back to it's lush green self! Our sod varieties are all grown to be drought tolerant and hearty but sometimes mother nature and other factors take their toll. Leaving you wondering - How do I get my grass to be thick and green?
Overseed Your Lawn
It is a known fact that keeping you lawn thick will also keep it healthy. There are several reasons to overseed your lawn;
- A thick lawn will assist in keeping weeds from invading and taking over.
- If you have an area thin out due to dense shade you can utilize a shade seed mix. Shade mix seed contains different types of fescues that do well in areas that receive less sun.
- Fill in damaged areas.
Fall is a great time for seeding cool season grasses such as Tall Fescue & Kentucky Bluegrass. There is less stress on the new seedlings from both heat and drought. There is also less competition with weeds since they are near the end of their growing cycle.
Over-seeding your entire lawn
Before you over-seed, we recommend using our starter fertilizer. Starter fertilizer provides the nutrients needed to help the seeds quickly establish a strong root system. Use a handheld spreader, push broadcast spreader or a drop spreader to apply the seed. See your spreader's manual or the manufacturer's website for calibration info. Another option, especially if you are overseeding a large property is to rent a "slit-seeder" from your local rental center or hardware store.
Spread the seed in a "criss-cross" pattern to ensure ample coverage. See the seeder's manual or manufacturer's website for calibration info.
Patching small areas
- Start by raking the area vigorously using a stiff garden rake. Keep in mind you should only have to break upthe top 1 to 2 inches of soil. At this time you can also amend the soil by adding a premium topsoil or compost to the area.
- Hand spread the seed evenly across the area.
- After seeding you can lightly walk across the area or tamp the area with a shovel or rake. The seed does not need to be covered by soil to germinate.
- Water lightly at first. You do not need to saturate the patch but do not let it dry out. Too much water force will wash away the seed.