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Overseeding & Reseeding

Overseeding is a very important part of lawn care and there are many reasons why it may need to be done.

Overseeding can fix any bare or worn down spots you might have in your yard. Overseeding is “the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the turf or the soil”. What if your yard looks good right now? That’s wonderful…for this year. Grass ages, just as everything else does. After about 5 or 6 years, grass becomes tired, and its reproduction rate and growth rate slows down significantly. It is recommended to overseed your yard every 3-4 years. There are other benefits to overseeding your lawn besides the fact that it will thicken and green up. A thicker, healthier yard is less susceptible to drought, shady conditions, insects and areas that are frequently walked upon. And, since it is thicker, fewer weeds will be able to grow.

Contrary to popular belief, the best time to overseed or reseed your yard is in the fall. The reason is that you need to give your grass time to grow and build its foundation before leaving it to Mother Nature’s mercy. After summer’s hot days have passed and before the cold days of winter take over, fall is the most conducive time to grow new grass. The grass will have time to establish a root system and grow before it goes into a dormant state over winter. Once spring comes the grass will be healthy and ready to grow.

Make sure that you mark any new grass and let us know that it is there. Treatments of any kind should not be applied to the grass seeding until it has had a chance to grow and establish its root system. Rule of thumb is that you should mow your new grass 2-3 times before it should have any fertilizer or weed control applied.reating a thriving lawn. Core aeration is best done in the fall, and largely complimented by dethatching in the springtime.