Adding seed overtop of your existing lawn is the best way to create a lush, green carpet of grass. This process, called over-seeding, will help your lawn remain in the greatest health throughout the year. Over-seeding renews lawns with fresh grass, covering bare patches and preparing lawns so they can remain green throughout the winter.
The best time of year to over-seed is in the fall. This will ensure the new grass seed has enough time to develop a root system before the cold of winter arrives. Once the warmer weather returns, the new grass will have had enough time to establish itself in the lawn and it will be ready to thrive. The old and new grass working together will also help to crowd out unwanted weeds.
Before starting your over-seeding project, it is necessary to prepare the area you are working with. Have your lawn aerated in order to break up the soil and remove the layer of thatch (dead plant material). Aerating your lawn will help the growth of your new grass while allowing water and other nutrients to reach the root system of existing grass, making your lawn all the more healthy.
Another important preparatory step is to fertilize your lawn. This will ensure your soil is nutrient-rich and at its healthiest. Fall fertilizer will energize your lawn and boost new growth by providing it with needed nutrients.
Fall over-seeding will keep your lawn looking flawless. Be sure to provide your lawn with water and another round of fertilizer in about 5 weeks. These steps will deliver a thick, green, lush lawn that you can’t wait to walk on with bare feet.