What is overseeding, and who should consider overseeding their yard?
Overseeding is adding grass seed on top of your existing grass. This process helps fill in bald or thin patches in your lawn, that may be caused from heavy traffic, kids, pets, erosion or poor weather conditions.
On occasion the homeowner may choose to use a different variety of grass seed. High traffic area may benefit from a type of grass that is more adept at handling the added stress. Or a cold wether variety of seed may add more color to your lawn during the winter months when the rest of your grass is dormant. The best part is that the already established grass in your lawn will help to hold the new seed in place, preventing heavy rain and watering from washing it away.
Overseeding may be done in early spring or fall. It can be as simple as throwing handfuls of new seed in the areas you want the new grass. For better results and larger areas it may be necessary to rake the desired area to remove debris and loosen compacted soil. A seed spreader may come in handy too.
Lawn maintenance can continue as normal for the most part. A few extra waterings may be necessary, and it wouldn’t hurt to cut down on excessive traffic until the new seed establishes. But the existing turf should help establish the new seedlings.
Overseeding is a cheap and easy way to help a tired looking lawn get a new lease on life. Add curb appeal without using expensive toxic chemicals and spending a fortune.
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