Overseeding Your Yard: Important Things to Know

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Is your grass looking thin and sickly? Overseeding is a great way to get that lush, thick grass back into your yard. By spreading grass seed throughout the grassy areas of your yard, you can fix the areas where it is thinning and make it look fantastic again. Why don’t we look at what overseeding is?

WHAT IS OVERSEEDING?

Overseeding is spreading grass seed over any turf area that is growing poorly. There are a couple of reasons why overseeding might be necessary. One of the reasons is if your grass is growing unevenly or is thin. Another reason would be if you have a warm-season grass growing that is turning brown or dying in the winter months, you can overseed with a cool-season grass seed giving you beautiful green grass year round.

Many people may choose to overseed their lawn for aesthetic reasons. The perfect green lawn is attractive to most homeowners. Overseeding can be a pricey task that requires meticulous preparation beforehand and upkeep after the overseeding. It is also important to consider when to overseed and what type of grass seed to use. With all the factors to consider when overseeding, it may be a good idea to hire the Landscape Plus team to take care of this for you. They will make sure put extra work into the bare spots in your yard to catch them up to the rest of the grass to make your whole yard look lush and green.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF OVERSEEDING?

Grass has an intricate root system that binds it together. So, if you have a well planted and overseeded lawn, dirt and water will stay where it needs to be, by the roots, which decreases soil loss and runoff. Since the dirt will be where it needs to be, it can hold in moisture and necessary nutrients that the grass needs to be healthy.

Overseeding is not a recently-discovered technique. People have found through the course of many years that it can make the yard healthier, thicker, and more likely to repel weeds.

Among the many benefits of doing this to your yard are the enhanced appearance and color, the increased condition and resistance to insects and weeds. Doing this to your yard also enables you to have the perfect blend of grass seeds to help prevent problematic issues that may arise in your yard.

HOW DO YOU OVERSEED YOUR GRASS?

Prep Work
For grass seed to grow, it naturally must come in contact with the dirt. So, the grass seed will not grow if it is stuck on lawn clippings, leaves, or any other material. It also may be helpful to trim your grass shorter than usual and make sure to remove the clippings. If there are grass clippings from previous trimmings, it may be necessary to rake them up beforehand. A metal rake may be one of your best options because they can reach the dirt and collect any other debris that may be in your yard. If you hire Landscape Plus to take care of your yard maintenance, they will trim the grass weekly during the growing season and as needed. They will also make sure to clean the clippings from the yard if it gets to be too large of an amount.

Seeding
When you are ready for the overseeding process, look on the seed bag for the recommended rate of the spreader and set it accordingly and then fill the hopper. As you move the spreader, it will disperse the grass seed. You may need to refill the hopper depending on the size of your yard and the dispersion rate. It is also possible to rent the seeding tools necessary for this job if you want to go that route.

Watering
Recently overseeded grass needs to be consistently watered. Lightly water the area twice for the first four days, more heavily for the next five days, and then water as necessary to stop the grass from wilting.

Don’t wait to overseed your yard until it is brown and sickly. Give your lawn a much-needed boost and overseed it now. Landscape Plus has years of experience with overseeding. Work with them today to make sure that it is getting properly taken care of when needed.

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