Overseeding Is A Good Investment For Many Lawns

21 Apr 2017

Posted in General by Curtis Williams

As we continue to recognize National Lawn Care Month, it’s timely to look at overseeding, a practice often overlooked by many landscapers and property owners.

Spring is a good time for property owners to consider overseeding on an existing lawn. This may be done only in spots where bare areas have occurred, or over a larger expanse of lawn to improve the density of turfgrass that has become thin.

Tips provided by the Lawn Institute that you can pass along for overseeding include:

• If 50% or more of the existing lawn is in good condition, overseeding can be a workable solution. If more than 50 % of the area is in poor condition, you will want to consider starting again with a new lawn installation.
• Bare or thinning problems may be due to damage from heat, drought, disease, weeds, insects, overuse, poor management practices or other factors. It’s best to identify the source of the problem and correct it prior to overseeding, so the lawn’s condition doesn’t continue to deteriorate
• Select the seed varieties and species that will be compatible with your existing turfgrass, but have specific performance and/or aesthetic qualities that will improve it. This may be cold, heat or drought tolerance, disease or shade resistance, or simply a deeper shade of green.
• You will need good seed-to-soil contact for the new seed to germinate. You can apply seed to these spots by hand or with a drop spreader. Use the recommended rate for your selected seed when overseeding. Rake the area again with the same light touch after you overseed to improve the seed to soil contact.

With dozens of seeds suitable for lawn overseeding, Turf Merchants has solutions for most any climate and soil condition. Let’s help our customers keep their world a little greener this year!