How To Properly Overseed Your Lawn

Kristian Zoppa Lawn Care

How To Properly Overseed Your Lawn

The spring weather brings April showers and May flowers, as well as work around the lawn and garden. Overseeding is a common technique used in Winnipeg to help grass that has thinned out over the winter and to prevent grass from thinning out in the future. BUT it is commonly performed wrong.

There are two main reasons to overseed your lawn in the spring:

1. Total Overhaul: Your lawn is patchy, brown, and thin and you would like to completely overhaul it into something lush and green.

2. Preventative Maintenance: Your lawn is in good shape and you would prefer to keep it that way. By overseeding in the spring you are strengthening your lawn and making it even more lush and less susceptible to weeds and disease.

The steps to overseeding are slightly different if you are going for a total overhaul or if you are just looking to strengthen your already healthy lawn.

An example of a patchy lawn that could benefit from a total overseeding overhaul.

Total Overhaul

If your lawn is patchy, brown, or thin/bare in spots it can definitely benefit from proper overseeding done in the spring. The steps for a total overseeding overhaul include:

1. Aeration: The lawn is aerated to ‘open up the pores’ of the lawn and allow the seed spots to settle and germinate.

2. Power Rake: The lawn is power raked to remove dead thatch and open up the grass, so the seed has somewhere to settle and germinate.

3. Hand Rake: The lawn is hand raked to remove thatch that is pulled up during power raking. This is done because mowing does not always pick up all of the dead grass and we want the seed to have as much opportunity to germinate as possible.

4. Mow: The lawn is mowed at 1.5″-2″ to allow the fresh seed more room to settle and less competition while germinating.

5. Top Dress: Top soil is spread out throughout the lawn and raked in evenly.

6. Seed and Fertilize: Seed is applied to the lawn as well as a slow release starter fertilizer to help the seed achieve optimal germination rates.

7. Rake and Roll: The lawn is hand raked one more time to mix the soil, seed, and fertilizer together and to make sure the seed is covered on all sides by soil. The lawn is then rolled lightly using a lawn roller that is only slightly full – this compresses the soil, removing air pockets, and ensures that the seed is in contact with soil.

8. Water: This is the most crucial step of the entire process because if avoided, your germination rate will severely suffer and all of the effort above will be done for nothing. The lawn must be watered lightly, twice a day for two-three days immediately following the overseeding process and then daily after that. Unlike watering an already established lawn, you only need to water enough to make sure the top one inch of lawn stays wet. It is best to continue watering daily until you have mowed the lawn at least twice. Do not mow the lawn until the fresh grass is three inches in length or more.

An example of a mostly-healthy lawn that could benefit from some preventative overseeding.

Preventative Maintenance

If your lawn is green and thick but has a few thin spots or just has a few brown spots, it can really benefit from preventative overseeding. The steps for a preventative overseeding include:

1. Hand Rake: The brown or thin spots are hand raked using a combination of a metal rake and a regular fan rake. All clippings that come up are bagged.

2. Mow: The lawn is mowed at 1.5″-2″ to allow the fresh seed more room to settle and less competition while germinating.

3. Top Dress: Top soil is spread throughout the affected areas and evenly raked in.

4. Seed and Fertilize: Seed and Fertilize: Seed is applied to the lawn as well as a slow release starter fertilizer to help the seed achieve optimal germination rates.

5. Rake and Roll: The lawn is hand raked one more time to mix the soil, seed, and fertilizer together and to make sure the seed is covered on all sides by soil. The lawn is then rolled lightly using a lawn roller that is only slightly full – this compresses the soil, removing air pockets, and ensures that the seed is in contact with soil.

6. Water: The watering process remains the same as shown above. Water lightly twice a day for three days and then once a day until you have mowed the lawn twice.

In conclusion, overseeding plays a large role in repairing and maintaining a healthy and lush lawn. If your lawn is in need of overseeding, we would be happy to offer you an estimate. Here at Cleanr Mow , we are offering 10% off either overseeding package when you book before May 31st, 2017! Call us today at (204) 960-0246 for a free estimate.