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									              How To Overseed A Lawn
Lawn overseeding refers to the planting of grass seed into
existing turf directly without having to tear up the soil or the
turf itself. This is the easiest way you can use to fill the spots
that have nothing, enhance the density of the turf, improve the
lawn color and also come up with improved lawn varieties.

While some people may prefer only fertilizing
(it is very important to apply fertilizer to
the lawns) their lawns, the rate of
reproduction of the grass plants is seen after

Therefore as time goes by, those lawns that
were not overseeded will become thin and
unhealthy and thus making it easier for weeds
to grow and overtake them.

If you have a large lawn, you may find overseeding to be time-
consuming, but it is not that hard, and the results are definitely
worth the effort that you will put in. The following are the steps
of how to overseed a lawn:

Step 1. First of all you will need to identify the right time to
overseed. The best time is usually at the beginning of fall when
the temperature is cool and the soil it still warm.

Step 2. Make sure that the grass seed that you purchase is of good
quality. Not more than 0 to 1/2 percent of the grass should have
weed seeds for it to be of good quality. Kentucky bluegrass and
fescue are suitable for northern climates while Zoysia, Bermuda
grass and St. Augustine are suitable for southern climates.

Step 3. The next step will be to prepare the soil as well as the
turf. If the soil is heavy, you should consider renting a core
mechanical lawn aerator or you can just hire someone to aerate the
soil for you. An alternative will be to spread over the lawn half
inch of screen compost in order to improve the soil.

Step 4. After that you will need to scalp the
lawn that is already there. Make sure that the
mower is put to its lowest setting so that it
will be able to cut 1/2 inch or even shorter
than that to ensure that there is a good contact
of the seed to the soil.

Step 5. Once you have done that, you will then
use a drop spreader to apply the right amount of
seed depending on the species of grass. Just check the package for
directions and what the right amount of seed is.
Step 6. You will need to water the new seed
that you have planted daily for a period of
one month. Note that it is not necessary to
water deeply as you will do on a lawn that is
much established, but just ensure that the
seeds are kept moist for them to germinate.

It is advisable to carry out two watering
sessions of 30 minutes interval daily as
opposed to a single deep watering session.

After you have done the overseeding, the new grass should start to
emerge after 5 to 7 days as long as the soil moisture as well as
temperatures are adequate. These will also depend on the type of
seed. In about eight weeks, the overseeded lawn should be fully

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