Lawn Overseeding Techniques
Before overseeding you must to know the right time to spread seeds. For simple lawn maintenance, most people have been overseed early in the spring until it gets too hot. In warm summer climates, overseeding works well in the fall to keep lawn green in the winter. When you have determined when to overseed the grass, follow these overseeding techniques and tips to ensure good results:
1. Mow Shorts
Cutting your lawn too short during the growing season will lead to burning grass and dead patches. However, as you plan to overseed, you can cut the lawn as deep as the mower does. If your mower has one, use your bag adapter to clear the lawn clippings. If not, after mowing, you would have to rake your lawn to allow your seed the highest possible chance of interaction with fertile soil.
2. Aerate lawn
With time, the dirt beneath the grass will be compact and concentrated. Hold the grass with a pitchfork and see how deeply the blades pierce the dirt. And the same thing for a patch of the lawn where the grass is shorter. The soil where the grass is thinnest is known to be thicker and more weighted tight. The thicker the soil the more difficult for the seed to expand, so it has to be aerated. Rent or lease an aerator from a nearby home improvement shop and drive it a couple of times over your lawn. Be mindful of where the sprinkler machine lines and sprinkler heads are, and manually aerate those areas with a garden paw.
How to Overseed Lawns Without Aerating
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3. Remove thatch
Thatch is made up of lawn clippings, dead lawn and roots and other dead plants. It's the things you find in the dense brown clumps in the small areas of the grass. Thatch is not a suitable medium for germinating seeds, so it needs to be eliminated in order for your monitoring to be successful. Using a thatch-removing tool to remove both the dead and decomposing plant matter until you see the bare earth. Manual rakes are available as well as cost-effective, gasoline-powered versions that are more suited for handling wide fields or troublesome lawns.
4. Seed and overseed
The name of the game is to place enough seed on your lawn to make seeds that do not germinate or lose to pests or weeds. Using a handheld or push spreader to seed your lawn with a range of grass appropriate for your area and for the current season; this detail can be found on the grass seed package. Apply half of the seed to the grass while walking in one direction, and then add the other half of the seed while walking in the opposite direction. This aims to take into account the rising angle of your existing lawn and increases the likelihood of seed touching the soil.
5. Cover and Mulch
There are two more overseeding techniques you can use to give your seed an extra leg. Next, you should spread a thin layer of mulch over the whole area. This helps to feed the current lawn and gives your new seed a decent place to grow. Second, use a weighted roller to press the seed to the dirt. They can be bought at home-improvement stores or garden-supply stores and are normally filled with water or sand to give them weight. Roll over the field that you have planted with a 1/3-full roller and give a decent watering to your new lawn.