For the best looking lawn, overseeding during the fall season has a huge impact. Overseeding helps fill in bare spots in established grass, and thickens overall grass for a luxurious, thick lawn that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
What is Overseeding
Overseeding is just as the word suggests – it’s simply a process of spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. Overseeding helps to both thicken grass and improve its overall health.
Why is Fall the Best Time to Overseed
Fall is the best time to perform overseeding because the soil temperatures are still warm, but the sun it not quite as high and hot, keeping soil temperate. These conditions are perfect for seed germination. Additionally, weed seeds don’t germinate in the fall so your new grass seedlings have a better opportunity to get established and flourish.
Why Fall is the Best Time for Overseeding:
- Temperatures are still warm, but not too hot.
- Weed seeds don’t germinate in the fall.
- Less pest and fungus growth.
- More rainfall saves on watering.
- Overall cooler temperatures are perfect for seed germination.
More advantages to fall overseeding include reduced pest and fungus growth, meaning less damage to new grass. Because we often see more rainfall in the fall months, new grass gets plenty of water and you can cut down on your water bill.
Overseeding starts with mowing existing grass as short as possible. All of the grass clippings, and any other debris like twigs and leaves need to be picked up.
If your lawn’s soil is compacted, it should be aerated at this point, prior to overseeding, to improve water absorption for the seeds and roots.
Once the lawn is prepped, layers of grass seed, fertilizer, and compost are spread evenly over the entire lawn. To ensure your new grass seeds germinates successfully, maintain a good watering schedule to keep the soil moist.
Overseeding is a pretty simple process that ensures a greener, thicker, healthier lawn now and for next year.
If you have bare patches in your lawn, it’s best to rake the area a bit to loosen any matted materials. Put some straw or light mulch layer over the new seeds to protect them and keep them moist.
My Lawn Looks Pretty Good – Why Should I Overseed it?
Over time, lawns lose the ability to rejuvenate themselves. Because we cut the grass, it can’t reseed itself, and consequently thins out. Fall overseeding revitalizes and fills in an established lawn. A thicker lawn will crowd out weeds better on its own, reducing the need for weed control products.
AC Yard Services is Taking Reseeding Appointments
We still have slots available for fall lawn overseeding and aeration! These services should be done before the hard frost arrives – so call TODAY!
If you have any questions or to schedule fall lawn overseeding, please CONTACT US.