How to Overseed a Lawn: Your Complete Guide

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How to Overseed a Lawn: Your Complete Guide

Nothing is better than getting to enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your own home. That’s why many of us spend a lot of time and energy maintaining our lawn and landscape. However, despite doing your best to care for it, after much use, your lawn can begin to appear worn and patchy. Overseeding is an effective way to improve the look and health of your grass so you can continue enjoying your time outside.

Why Overseed Your Lawn?

Overseeding, or adding seed to your existing lawn, creates thicker grass, which prevents weeds and helps reduce the appearance of damage.

How to Choose the Right Grass Seeds for an Ohio Lawn:

If you live in Northeast Ohio, you’ll want to plant cool-season grass. This includes tall and red fescues, perennial ryegrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. When choosing your seeds, read the product label to be sure you’ve chosen the appropriate blend for the amount of sunlight your lawn receives.

Step-by-Step Guide to Overseeding Your Lawn

Step 1: Mow Existing Lawn

Before you spread grass seeds it’s important to mow and rake your lawn. Mowing ensures your seeds easily reach the soil and raking will remove any debris or clumps of grass.

Step 2: Prepare the Soil

To prepare your lawn’s soil for overseeding, first remove any weeds from the area where you plan to spread the seeds. Then we recommend using a pH test to determine if your soil is missing vital nutrients for healthy grass growth. In Northeast Ohio, grass typically flourishes in soil with a pH range between 6.0 and 7.0. If your soil’s pH is too acidic or too alkaline, you can correct it by adding ground limestone or compost respectively. Soil testing will also help you choose the best fertilizer for your lawn.

Step 3: Spread the Grass Seeds

Once you’ve chosen the best grass seeds for your lawn it’s time to spread. The easiest way to spread the seeds evenly is to use a seed spreader, which you can typically find at a local DIY store. It’s important to read the seed packaging label to ensure you spread at the correct rate.

Step 4: Fertilize

Fertilizer ensures your grass receives the essential nutrients it needs for proper growth and will also help it fight off weeds. Use the pH soil test mentioned above to help you choose the right fertilizer for your lawn. Read more about when to fertilize your lawn.

Step 5: Water

After you’ve planted and fertilized your grass, it’s time to water. When watering a newly seeded lawn, it’s important to keep the top inch of the soil moist. Mist the area once or twice a day, ensuring it does not become soggy. When the grass reaches about 3 inches and can be mowed, you can begin watering one to two times per week. Learn more about watering your lawn.

Lawn Overseeding Services

If you need help creating or maintaining a beautiful and thriving lawn, the lawn care experts at LawnMatters can help. Contact us to learn more.

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