Overseeding Lawn Service
What is Overseeding?
Overseeding is the practice of planting grass seed on existing turf which leads to a thicker and healthier lawn while protecting it from weeds & disease at the same time.
Overseeding is a great way to rejuvenate thin or patchy areas of your lawn. By planting grass seed directly onto your existing turf you get a greener, thicker, healthier lawn while reducing the amount of fertilizer and water needed to normally achieve those results. Overseeding protects your lawn from weed infestations by literally giving them nowhere to grow. If your lawn is thick and healthy, weeds won’t be able to break through. By introducing disease resistant grass types to your lawn with overseeding you can reverse the current ones affecting your lawn and prevent future ones from taking root.
When Is the Best Time to Overseed My Lawn?
Overseeding is most effective when it’s done right after we’ve aerated your lawn because there’s a higher seed-to-soil contact ratio which leads to a greater germination rate.
The most important thing to consider when overseeding your lawn is maximizing the seed-to-soil contact. Overseeding after aeration allows the new seeds to penetrate the freshly cored holes in your lawn for the best results. We then water your lawn heavily after overseeding it to flush the remaining seeds on top of the grass or thatch into the holes. This also helps break up the aeration cores that have been deposited onto the surface of your lawn. To maximize the combination effect of aerating and overseeding we recommend you schedule the services with us in late August or early September. The weather at that time is starting to cool off but the threat of frost is still minimal, which is ideal for overseeding.
Which Types of Grass Seeds Does Plush Lawns Use?
We use cool-season grass mixes with Kentucky bluegrass and Fescues because of their suitability and performance in our northern climate.
Grass types are classified as either cool-season or warm-season ones based upon their ability to perform in certain climates. Here in Canada cool-season grasses are the best bet for a thick and healthy green lawn. In the summer their growth slows while in the spring and fall it’s quite rapid. They can also survive our freezing snow filled winters by going dormant to protect themselves from the harsh conditions. The standard for most yards in our area is Kentucky Bluegrass, which is resilient but not drought-tolerant, meaning it needs a lot of water and extra fertilizer to retain its lush thickness. However, it is fairly disease resistant which is a big selling point for a lot of homeowners. Fescues on the other hand are a lot more low-maintenance. They require a lot less water than Kentucky bluegrass, and because they’re a slower growing type of grass you don’t have to mow your yard nearly as much. Fescues are shade-tolerant and can handle heavy foot traffic exceptionally well, and because they grow in little bunches they’re often mixed with other grass types.
Can I Plant Grass Seeds in the Summer?
If you use the appropriate seed mix, cover them with peat moss and water often and generously.
Peat moss will help retain the moisture longer making sure that the seeds get the required moisture that they need to germinate. The proper seed mix for our climate will ensure that they survive. See previous paragraph for apropriate seed mix.