How to Overseed a Lawn to Get the Lush Grass You Want

Reseeding and overseeding is an essential part of maintaining a thick and healthy lawn, but people often overlook it. Overseeding will help fill any gaps in your garden caused by general footfall and use, improve the color and thickness of a lawn that doesn't have any visible gaps, and reduce the number of weeds in your garden.

The best time to overseed or reseed your lawn is in the early spring to allow plenty of time for germination, or at the end of the season in autumn to prepare the garden for the next year. The temperature needs to be an average of 13°C or 55.4°F for seeds to germinate successfully, so make sure not to seed too early or too late when cold weather is more likely to kill your seeds.

What lawn seed should you use?

Choosing the right seed is one of the most important decisions you'll need to make, and the best place to start is to select seed that matches that lawn you already have. There are some other considerations to take, including the type of soil you have and the look you desire. A seed mix that includes ryegrass is a good idea for a hardy lawn that will last summer of social gatherings and children playing.

A blend that consists of that will make for a durable turf and is ideal for most people's gardens. A garden in a shady area that's drier than a fescue blend will be more appropriate, as this grass can tolerate conditions with less sun but will still have a great color. Speaking to a lawn care expert may be a good idea, with lawn.com.au services being an excellent example of a company that will answer your questions and potentially oversee your lawn for you.

How to overseed a lawn

Start by mowing your lawn to around an inch in length, making sure to collect the clippings to give you the best access to the soil. Take a rake, and go over the whole lawn to remove any dead grass or thatch that may be covering parts of the ground, which will help ensure that the seeds can reach the soil as they germinate.

You can then use a garden fork to poke holes in the lawn at one to two-inch intervals. This is an excellent time to apply fertilizer if you haven't done so this season already, which will give the seeds the perfect conditions to grow in. It's best to wait for a few days after fertilizing your lawn before seeding to provide it with time to incorporate it into the soil. If you've treated your garden with a weed killer, it will be necessary to wait around four weeks after the application before seeding to ensure that it doesn't affect your new growth.

With your lawn prepared, you can start the reseeding process. This can be done either manually or with a seeding machine, depending on your lawn's size or preferences. After seeding the grass, make sure to keep the soil moist, and if there hasn't been any rain for 2-3 days, water the garden to promote proper growth.
 
 
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