Lawn Overseeding Services

Overseeding is Lawn Care

Overseeding is Essential

“Overseeding lawns” is just what it sounds like. Namely, you’re sowing seed over existing grass, in order to fill in the bare patches. Therefore, overseeding lawns makes sense only if the existing grass is healthy enough and abundant enough to be worth keeping. Healthy, well maintained lawns are attractive landscape additions, while lawns in poor condition sometimes unsightly. The poor condition of a lawn may be due to poor water management, heat, drought, diseases, insects or many other factors. Lawns that contain over 50 percent desirable grasses can often be improved by overseeding. In severe cases, the existing lawn may have to be destroyed and a new one replanted on the site.

“Why am I reseeding?” Are there bare spots that require new lawn care? Are there areas that are thin and weak due to shady conditions? Is there damage that needs lawn repair from past insect or disease activity? Are there areas that are thin due to repeated foot traffic or pet activity? You need to assess the need for overseeding before you proceed. Spots, smaller than a salad plate, will generally fill-in by themselves, assuming the lawn receives the
recommended amount of fertilizer it needs. Larger areas will need some assistance to fill in. Sod is one viable alternative to consider when faced with repairing large areas, but there is an alternative.
Overseeding is an overlooked activity in home lawn care. ‘Yardeners’ assume, incorrectly, that fertilizer is all
that is needed to keep turf thick and free of weeds. So, you ask, “If I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now?”
Grass gets tired. It needs to be revitalized every few years. After five or six years, grass plants will slow down
their reproduction rates; they get tired, just like we do as we age. Thin grass invites weeds. Overseeding is not difficult and the benefits support investing the modest amount of time it takes to make it happen.
Overseeding compensates for that natural slow down of the turf’s reproduction.There are two major benefits to overseeding every three or four years. First, you insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if ithas thinned, you will make it thick again. Thick grass has few, if any, weeds if it is mowed 2 to 3 inches tall.The second benefit is disease resistance. The new varieties of seed you sow will have better disease resistance than those varieties already growing in your lawn. Your goal is to have a lawn that is as dense as brand new quality sod. Go to a new yard with freshly laid sod and try to spread the grass blades to see if you can see any soil. Usually, the grass is so thick you cannot seesoil in brand new sod. Now go outside and check your own turf to see if by spreading the grass blades you can see any soil. It is likely the soil will be readily visible. That means your lawn needs to be overseeded.
Grass will often die because of insect damage, disease damage, shade issues, over fertilization, over or under watering, misuse of “-cides”, mowing, or the end of it’s life cycle.How does “natural” grass combat these issues? Bycreating and dropping seed. If grass is in a stressed situation, it will put all it’s remaining energy into seed head production, hoping for cross-pollination. It then hopes that the seed matures, drops, and that the species continues on.That is what is most important to a dying grass plant.So, if seed head production is what is the most important thing for a grass plant to do, what is the most important cultural practice we should do for our turf? Second to watering it, we should be reseeding it. When was the lasttime your turf was reseeded? When was the last time yourturf was “beheaded” via mowing and the seed heads eliminated (before they had a chance to drop and germinate)?When you overseed you should introduce a new species of grass that may be more drought tolerant, heat tolerant, insect and disease resistant, have improved darkgreen color, or in some instances, more aggressive. In manycases, the new turf will require less mowing or producesless grass clippings. Are these attributes that would makeyour lawn better?
What is overseeding?
Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the roots or the soil. It’s an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of turf, establish improved grass
varieties and enhance your lawn’s color. If a lawn looks old, or just “worn out,” if it needs increasing amounts of water and fertilizer to thrive, or it is disease or insects.

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