Ugly brown patches and thinned-out areas can put a blight on an otherwise healthy lawn. The appearance of unsightly patches can frustrate any homeowner, especially after you’ve put so much time and effort into keeping your lawn looking lush and inviting throughout the year. The good news is that, as long as the brown areas aren’t caused by a lawn disease (which need to be dealt with differently), they can generally be repaired by overseeding your lawn. The following tips will help you decide if overseeding is right for you, and how to proceed once you’ve decided.
What is Overseeding?
The concept of overseeding is basically as simple as it sounds: you apply additional seed over an area that already has grass growing. Overseeding helps supply the affected area with healthy, young blades of grass that grow quickly, as grass growth tends to slow down as the blades age. Although cool season grasses (such as many popular varieties in New Jersey) are the most typical types that benefit from overseeding, some people do choose to augment warm season grasses like Bermuda grass so that the turf stays green throughout the year. Whichever reason you decide to overseed for, the process will take some time and maintenance, but you will likely be rewarded with a healthier lawn that will thrive in many different conditions.
When to Overseed
Although it depends somewhat which species of seed you are using on your lawn, spring and fall are generally considered to be the best times for overseeding. One of the most important factors is the temperature of the soil when you overseed, not necessarily the air. Ideal soil temperature for the new seeds to sprout us between 59 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Overseeeding in the spring usually requires less maintenance and preparation since you are heading into the warm summer months, while fall often features ideal growing temperatures for grasses.
How to Overseed
First you’ll need to choose the type of seed you’re going to use. You can overseed with a different species than you originally used to seed the lawn, just don’t forget to factor in the lighting conditions in which various grasses grow best.
When preparing your lawn for overseeding, it’s a good time to mow, aerate, and then rake away trimmings. Aeration will provide valuable holes for your seeds to enter, but make sure you remove any impediments to the seeds getting into the soil. You can spread the seed by hand if you have a small yard, however a rotary spreader may do a more even job. Finally, make sure your sprinkler system is set for daily watering until seeds have sprouted.
If you want to ensure that your irrigation system is ready to handle your overseeding efforts and keep your lawn evenly watered, schedule an appointment with one of our irrigation specialists today. They will happily conduct a home visit to assess your sprinkler sand discuss your irrigation needs. Don’t wait to visit www.wetlawn.com or call us at 1-800-WETLAWN.