Best Practices for Spring Seeding

Have you noticed that your grass just isn’t looking that great? It may be thin in some areas, browning in others or maybe it just isn’t as rich, thick and green as it used to be.  The answer may not be more watering, mowing or fertilizing but rather seeding. While late summer to early fall is usually the best time to establish a new lawn from seed, overseeding may be done in the spring to correct bare patches or thin turf. Let’s take a look at this option to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.

What is Overseeding?

The practice of overseeding lawns includes spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. The practice of overseeding lawns is primarily reserved for cool season type grasses such as tall fescue, fine fescue, perennial and annual ryegrass, and, occasionally, bluegrass. Most cool season grasses like these tend to grow in bunches, close together, which means that thinner areas can exist fairly easily if good lawn care techniques are not followed.

Researchers at Penn State’s Agricultural School report that spring and early fall overseeding can be made following aeration (six to eight passes over the lawn), dethatching, or by using a disk-type seeder that drops seed into slits in the soil. When overseeding, it is especially important that the seed is in contact with the soil and has space to germinate and develop.

Overseeding includes more than just throwing some seed on your grass and watering.  Overseeding includes:

  • Raking the parts of your lawn that you are going to seed and remove any rocks or debris from the surface.
  • Tilling the area or aerating to improve compaction.
  • Irrigating the area lightly to encourage the soil to settle.
  • Sowing grass seed over the soil at the rate indicated for the species of grass you are using. (Read the instructions on the seed package.)
  • Covering the seeds with no more than 1/4 inch of straw to improve water retention and prevent erosion. Remove once the seed has begun to germinate.


If this sounds a bit more than you have in mind then, doing it yourself may not be the best way to go.  Contact Pro-Tech Lawn Care for options that may be available so you can get back to that rich, thick grass you once had.

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