What is Fall Overseeding of a Lawn?
You have certainly heard of fall lawn overseeding, but have you ever wondered what exactly it is? Well, you know the guy down the street who has the best looking lawn in the neighborhood? Overseeding surely has a lot to do with his lawn’s luxurious state. The following explains what fall overseeding of a lawn is, and why it’s so important if you want a thick, green lawn that your neighbors will envy.
Fall overseeding of a lawn is simply a process of spreading grass seed over your existing lawn to thicken the grass and improve its health. Overseeding begins with mowing existing grass as short as your lawn mower will cut. Then, all of the grass clippings, twigs, leaves, and other debris must be raked and removed. If your lawn’s soil is compacted, it should be aerated at this point to improve water flow to seeds and roots.
In the next step of the process, layers of grass seed, fertilizer, and compost are applied over the entire lawn. If you are also laying seed over bare patches, place straw or mulch over the top of these spots to keep the materials underneath moist. To ensure excellent results, a good watering regimen must be kept to ensure that the soil stays moist and the new seeds germinate. Carefully following this simple plan will ensure a thicker, greener, healthier lawn for your pride and enjoyment.
Why Fall Is the Best Time for Overseeding
Fall is the time to perform your lawn overseeding because the soil temperature is still warm. Therefore, it is the perfect time for germinating grass seed. Plus, weed seeds don’t germinate in the fall, and that means less competition for your new grass seedlings. The cooler air temperatures reduce pest and fungus growth, which helps protect your lawn from damage. And lastly, we tend to receive more rainfall in the autumn months, which is great for your new grass as well as your water bill.
You may be thinking, “my lawn already looks pretty good – why should I overseed it?” Old lawns eventually lose the ability to rejuvenate themselves. Grass that is continually cut cannot reseed itself, and will thin out over time. Fall overseeding of a lawn ensures thick grass, which helps your yard keep itself healthy by crowding out weeds all on its own. This will reduce the need for weed control products in the future.
Kemko Lawn & Shrub still has a few slots left for fall lawn overseeding appointments. But remember, overseeding should be completed before the danger of frost arrives. Are you an Atlanta-area homeowner with lackluster grass, bald patches, or more weeds than grass in your lawn? Never fear, Kemko’s lawn care experts can help. If you have more questions about fall lawn overseeding, call us today.