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How to Overseed Your Lawn

Learn how to overseed your lawn with Scotts and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Lawns are pretty tough, but the weather, kids and pets can all take a toll on your pristine lawn. If your lawn looks a little rough after the summer, you’re in luck. By applying grass seed over your existing lawn, you can actually help fill in bare spots and bring new life to your lawn. Thicken your lawn by overseeding, using these tips from Scotts and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

How to Overseed Your Lawn
Lawns are pretty tough, but the weather, kids and pets can all take a toll on your pristine lawn. If your lawn looks a little rough after the summer, you’re in luck. By applying grass seed over your existing lawn, you can actually help fill in bare spots and bring new life to your lawn. Thicken your lawn by overseeding, using these tips from Scotts and Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Why Should You Overseed Your Lawn?

Overseeding is an easy and effective way to strengthen your lawn and thicken your grass to help naturally protect against weed problems, according to Scotts. By overseeding, you revive a worn and thin lawn, fill in bare spots, crowd out weeds by thickening the lawn, and improve heat and drought tolerance.

How to Overseed Your Lawn

Prep – Before you overseed your lawn, mow your lawn at the lowest setting and bag the clippings. This allows the seed to come into contact with the soil when you spread it. After mowing, rake your lawn to remove debris, dead grass and to loosen the soil.

Seed – Seeding is the easy part. Fill up your spreader with grass seed, adjusting the setting according to label directions, and apply. Use the reseeding settings on the back of your seed package for the best results.

Water – To help get the seed going, water your lawn once or twice a day based on weather conditions, until the new seedlings have reached the height of your existing lawn. Use a water timer to help frequently mist your lawn.

According to Scotts, you can continue to mow your lawn as needed, but try to limit the activity on your lawn until your new seedlings have reached a mowing height.

When to Overseed Your Lawn

Northern Lawns – Spring and fall provide the best conditions for cool-season grass seed. In the fall the soil is still warm, but the air is cooler, which are both optimal growing conditions for grass seed.

Southern Lawns – Late-spring through mid-summer is the best time for overseeding your lawn. That weather provides ideal conditions for warm-season grass seed.

A great lawn can add curb appeal and make your house really feel like home. At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand. That’s why we carry everything you need to keep your lawn in the best shape. For more tips on lawn maintenance, visit our Lawn Care blog.

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