Overseeding: the Secret to a Thick, Great-Looking Lawn

Everyone wants their lawn to look healthy, thick, and green. One of the best ways to achieve this is through overseeding.

What is overseeding? At its most basic, overseeding is the process of spreading new grass seed over existing turf.

Over time, grass gets thinner, particularly when it's in lawns that get a lot of wear, play, exposure to dog urine, and use. Overseeding on a regular basis adds young grass into the mix with mature turf, so that there are a variety of life cycles present in a lawn.

There are different methods and equipment used for overseeding, and the optimal time to overseed depends on geography and grass type. For our customers in the Dayton, Ohio area and other northern states with cool season grasses, the best time for overseeding is in the early fall. Weed activity will have decreased, letting the new grass seed have the best access to soil nutrients, and the ground is still warm, which helps the new seed germinate.

Although overseeding can be done by itself as a standalone service, we recommend combining it with lawn aeration for the very best results. Lawn aeration creates holes in the soil of your lawn, which reduces soil compaction. This improvs the flow of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the soil while also promoting healthy root growth.

Lawn aeration will help the growth and health of existing turf. Because it creates holes, when it is combined with overseeding, it aids the new grass seed in maximizing its soil contact. Plus, the soil is now less compacted and improved conditions for the new grass seed to grow well.

Your newly overseeded lawn will need to be watered well initially to promote grass growth, and when the spring comes, you will be greeted by a beautiful, thick, green lawn.

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