The Process and Benefits of Overseeding Your Lawn

What was once a promising layer of grass has turned into a thinning and discolored one. It’s important to keep up with lawn care so your lawn remains healthy and full throughout the season. However, your lawn can bounce back with the process of overseeding, which can be a complicated endeavor but luckily, we’re here to simplify it. Below lists the procedure to follow when overseeding and how you’ll benefit afterward.

What Goes into Overseeding

Overseeding is the process of reinvigorating your lawn by introducing new grass seed to the soil. These seeds are capable of lasting longer and fighting off grass weeds that sneak their way into a declining patch of grass. There is a pre-winter process called dormant overseeding that introduces new seed to lawn during the winter that germinates in early spring. Below is a step-by-step process of the optimal method of bringing your lawn back to life:

  1. Warm season vs cool season seed: New grass seeds are more likely to germinate depending on the climate you’re located in. Cool season grass sees its peak growth period begin at the start of spring and early summer. Warm season grass takes longer to grow and reaches its peak later in the summer.
  2. Mow your lawn: The likelihood of the new grass seed contacting the soil is increased with shorter blades of grass.
  3. Remove any debris: After mowing, the removal of excess grass clippings will help clear and aerate the soil.
  4. Begin seeding: Many packages available in local stores also include fertilizers and other nutrients that help rejuvenate your lawn further.
  5. Water consistently: After seeding, watering your lawn daily will help soften the soil and allow the grass seed to germinate.

What Are the Benefits to Overseeding?

After you’ve successfully seeded your lawn, or received help from our experienced professionals, you’ll notice certain benefits to overseeding your lawn:

  1. Enhanced Presentation: A high-density lawn is more appealing than one with low density. It provides a smoother coat of green that will have lasting impressions on your guests. Overseeding will also help fix any discolorations and any bald spots that will show off how lush a lawn can be.
  2. Reduced Erosion: A thicker layer of grass also means an expanded root system which helps keep the water, soil, and nutrients in the right place. This prevents any run-off or loss of soil that could be harmful to not only the state of your grass but also to your pets and other animals if you’re not using pet safe fertilizers or pesticides.
  3. Diminished Pests and Weeds: New grass seed is stronger which makes it much less vulnerable to pest invasion. Overseeding also increases the density and root system of lawn which can suffocate infiltrating weeds that are vying for nutrition and sunlight.

Are you ready to bring your lawn back to life after a long winter? Dolan Landscaping is ready to help. We have been providing professional landscaping services to commercial and residential properties for over 25 years. If you’re in need, please contact us for a free consultation to get started.