Fall Lawn Care: Overseeding Before Cold Weather Arrives
End of Summer Lawn Care For a Beautiful Lawn
Believe it or not, your lawn’s appearance in the spring largely depends on how well you take care of it in the fall. We’ve talked about autumn-proofing your lawn before, and today we’re going to take a closer look at one specific and important part of fall lawn care: overseeding in early fall.
What is overseeding?
Overseeding a lawn is simply the practice of laying down more seed on top of an existing lawn, and it’s a great way to revive a patchy or thin lawn. If your lawn looks a bit lackluster, that’s completely normal. As grasses mature they’re more prone to thinning, and overseeding is the quickest and most efficient way to combat the effects of age and use.
What are your lawn goals?
It might sound like a silly question, but it’s an important one to answer. For more context, read this excerpt from the grass seed experts at Pennington:
“ Homeowners overseed to correct thin lawns, but pros overseed to prevent thinning. For lawns in southern regions, overseeding warm-season grass with cool-season reinforcements adds green color during winter. When warm-season grasses go brown, overseeding with a premium, cool-season grass mix, such as a Pennington Perennial Ryegrass, keeps them vibrant and green. This combination of cool-season grasses, stabilized fertilizer and mulch provides a green temporary lawn while your permanent, warm-season grasses are dormant.”
As you can see, you’ll have to think about what you want out of your lawn and how the climate in your region will impact those goals.
An easy guide to overseeding your lawn
When you’re ready to tackle this project, follow these steps:
1. Mow low
To prep your lawn, mow the grass so it’s short. You want it to be as short as possible so that the new seeds will get enough sunlight and can come into contact with the soil when you spread them. Remove or bag the clippings, and then rake away any other debris.
The easiest way to spread seed is with a spreader. Fill your spreader with your grass seed of choice and spread them all over your lawn.
If you don’t already know what type of lawn you have, you’ll need to do some research to make sure you select the right seed. This “Identify Your Grass” guide from Scotts is a useful resource to start with.
3. Water and wait
Water your lawn once or twice per day (weather depending), until the new grass reaches the height of the old grass. Be careful not to overwater, too.
Note that you can continue to mow your lawn as needed, but it’s best to limit activity on your lawn until the new seedlings are at mowing height. Before you know it, you’ll have a lush green lawn to enjoy in the spring.
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