There’s a common misconception that the term “overseeding” means “adding too many seeds,” but what it actually means is spreading seed over the top of an existing lawn, so the seeds go “over” the grass that already exists. If you have a thin or weak-looking lawn, overseeding helps you create a fuller appearance without having to tear up the yard and start from scratch.
It’s important to plan out your overseeding properly so you can get the best results. The best time to overseed your lawn in the north is during the fall, when the soil is still warm but the air has started to cool down a bit. There are also fewer weeds for your grass to compete with, and there’s a little bit more sunlight because some of the trees may have started to shed their leaves. If you can’t make it work in the fall, the next best time is the spring. The soil won’t be as warm, but you don’t have to deal with scorching air temperatures.
Overseeding is an important part of lawn maintenance in Fargo, ND. Grass gets old and needs to be replaced over time as the yard wears out, and overseeding is quick, inexpensive and easy. Here are some tips for you to follow when you overseed this year:
- Mow short:
Before you overseed, cut the grass shorter than you typically would, and bag up all the clippings to get them out of the way of the seeds. You can rake the lawn to loosen the top layer of soil while also removing any debris or dead grass, which will give the seeds easier access to the soil and allow them to root in place more easily than they otherwise would.
- Select the right type of seed:
Be sure to choose a grass seed that matches your existing grass type. Here in the north, you’re generally going to want cool-season grasses that have grass seed, fertilizer and soil improvers all built into the same product. But if you’re not sure about the best grass for your area, you’ll be able to get some assistance from representatives at your local garden center.
- Address the soil:
If you’re using grass seed to overseed, you might consider raking in a thin layer of enriched soil over the top of your lawn, which can help the seed settle in. You shouldn’t spread so much soil that it kills off the grass you already have in place—a quarter inch or less will be ideal for this process.
- Spread the seeds:
Following the directions on the grass seed package, spread the seeds with your spreader. This is the easy part!
- Feed and water:
Don’t forget to give your new grass seeds their essential water and nutrients! Keep the area damp by lightly watering a couple times a day until the seedlings get to the same height as the rest of your lawn. Be sure to give some fertilizer to the area as well for better results.
For more information about overseeding and general lawn maintenance in Fargo, ND, contact S & S Landscaping Co. Inc. today.