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Now is the time to overseed!

Posted 9/6/2011

Overseeding Keeps Lawn Thick And Weed-Free

Overseeding is one of the most important lawn care tasks, yet few homeowners do it. So, you ask, if I fertilize my lawn properly, why do I need to add new seed, especially if my grass looks pretty good right now? The answer is grass is not immortal. After five or six years, grass plants will slow down their reproduction rates; they get tired just like we do as we age. Thin grass invites weeds.

There are two major benefits to overseeding. First, you insure your lawn stays thick and dense, or if it has thinned, you will make it thick again. Thick grass has few if any weeds if it is mowed over 2 inches tall.

The second benefit is disease resistance. The new varieties of seed you sow this year will have better disease resistance than those varieties already in your lawn.

Early September is the best time to overseed.  To get the most out of overseeding, it should be paired with your core aeration.  Over-seeding at the time of aeration allows the proper nutrients within the seeds to establish deeper in the soil right within the turf's root system.  This has been found to be the best way to create a denser, greener, healthier lawn and encourage a wider range of growth. As your lawn ages, it grows weaker and is less likely to spread.  Over-seeding introduces new seed into your lawn which is often more heat and drought resistant, thus promoting new growth that is more likely to spread and develop into a thicker, greener lawn.

If you are interested in having your lawn aerated and/or overseeded this fall,  give the office a call at 715.839.8484.