Even if you do your best to take care of your lawn during the summer, high temperatures can cause damage to your grass. This is even truer if you experience any droughts or if your lawn consists of Fescue grass, which tends to struggle with Virginia’s weather conditions.
You may end up with patches of thin grass or bare areas as a result, which is why you’ll want to repair any damaged spots in your lawn once summer ends. This means overseeding your lawn once the fall season comes around.
Overseeding is a process that will help keep your lawn looking green and healthy. Overseeding is the act of spreading grass seed to add more young, greener and healthier grass to your lawn.
Why You Should Overseed in the Fall
It should be pretty obvious why the summer and winter months are a poor time to attempt to overseed your lawn. But what about the fall?
Aeration and overseeding will give your lawn the rejuvenation it needs after each summer. Fall tends to be the best time to overseed because cold-season grasses grow much more during this time of year and warm-season weeds are much less active.
In some cases, your lawn may look perfectly fine coming out of the summer. Maybe you went the extra mile with your lawn and it paid off. This doesn’t mean you don’t need to overseed your lawn.
You mow your lawn regularly, right? This is a good thing; however, if you mow your lawn consistently, the lawn won’t have the chance to propagate itself.
As the grass ages, it will have difficulty maintaining growth as it deals with the common stresses that all lawns deal with and as it competes with weeds.
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How to Overseed Your Lawn
The following are the steps to properly and effectively overseed your lawn during the fall season:
1. Preparing your lawn
Before you begin overseeding your lawn, make sure that you mow the grass. Remove the clippings as well. If you don’t remove the clippings, they’ll end up blocking much-needed sunlight and water from getting to the seeds you spread.
When overseeding during the fall in Virginia’s warmer climate, you may want to cut your grass extra short. Once you’ve mowed the grass, rake the soil to not only remove the clippings, but also any thatch or debris that have built up. Raking the soil will also loosen it up and expose it so that it’s better prepared to receive the seeds.
2. Dealing with existing problems
If your lawn has any problems, you’ll want to deal with them before you attempt to overseed. For example, if there are serious flaws with the lawn that go beyond normal thinning, you should test your soil and add soil amendments if necessary. If you spot any disease or pest problems, then it makes no sense to overseed your lawn until you’ve taken care of the issue.
3. Aerate your lawn
Aerating the lawn, which involves puncturing small holes into the soil, should be done prior to overseeding as well. Lawn aeration will help ensure that your seeds reach the soil and that water, air, and nutrients will, in turn, reach the seeds.
4. Choosing a grass seed
You can’t just use any grass seed. Not only do you need to choose a grass seed that’s appropriate for the Mid-Atlantic region, but you’ll want something of high quality.
Here at Virginia Green, we use a special blend that contains 3% Kentucky Bluegrass and 97% Fescue grass. This blend also happens to be 100% weed and crop free and will help to establish a dense and healthy lawn that’s extremely resistant to drought.
NOTE: We also sell our special blend – Click here for more information.
5. Spreading the seed
If you’re just overseeding specific spots in your lawn that have thinned out, spreading the seed by hand is relatively easy.
However, if you’re overseeding your entire lawn, you’re going to find that it’s much more of a challenge. You’ll need to use a drop or broadcast spreader to evenly spread your seed at its specific recommended seeding rate.
6. Fertilizing your lawn
Once you’ve overseeded your lawn, you’ll want to fertilize it. A good fertilizer will help to provide your seeds with the nutrients it needs to grow healthy grass.
A fertilizer that contains phosphorus to promote root growth, and nitrogen to promote top growth and greening, is a good option. Phosphorus will also help to provide your new grass with the root support it needs all the way through winter and into the spring.
7. Watering your lawn
It’s worth noting that you’re going to need to water your lawn more than usual after you’ve overseeded it. This is because a newly overseeded lawn needs regular moisture.
For the first four days after you overseed your lawn, provide your grass with light waterings twice a day. Then water more heavily every other day for the following five days. Once those nine days are up, you can return to your regular rate of watering.
Overseeding with Virginia Green
Overseeding your lawn is no easy task. There are a lot of steps involved, which require a lot of effort to execute properly. Because of this, you should strongly consider our Overseeding Program.
Whether your lawn is in perfect health or poor health, you’re more than likely to see positive results with our program. The following are some of the things included as part of our Overseeding Program:
- We will perform a double core aeration of your lawn to ensure that sunlight, water, and air all reach your seeds to help promote the healthy growth of your new grass.
- We will use six pounds of our specially blended seed for every 1,000 square feet of your lawn to ensure that your grass is properly overseeded.
- We will provide you with an additional five-pound bag of Virginia Green grass seed that you can then use to fill in any thinning or bare areas.
- We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare your lawn for overseeding so that you can achieve the best results.
- We will provide you with detailed instructions on how to mow and water your lawn after it’s been overseeded.
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Once fall comes around, you should prepare to overseed your lawn in order to promote the healthy growth of your property’s grass.
For more information about our Overseeding Program or for advice concerning lawn care in general, be sure to contact us at Virginia Green today.
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