Overseeding is a great way to thicken a lawn and introduce new varieties of grass seed to existing turf. Thicker lawns help crowd out weeds. It is not a renovation. The technicians apply the seed at the manufacturer's recommended rate or above depending on the service selected. If there are any bare spots that are larger than the size of a fist, these areas will not be filled in by the seed. (see hydroseeding for larger areas)
Nutri-Lawn's NEW Premium Overseeding is recommended for lawns that have not had an Overseeding for several seasons. Lawns that are older or have suffered damage from insects, heat, and drought stress, will benefit from the added cultivars at a premium rate of 5 lb/1000 sq ft. However, it is NOT a renovation. (see Nutri-Lawn's hydroseeding service for renovation alternatives)
Our Regular Overseeding has all the benefits of the Premium Overseeding but is designed for a lawn that has received our overseed service on a regular basis (annually). Seed will be applied at a rate of 2 lb/1000 sq ft, and again, it is not a renovation. (see Nutri-Lawn's hydroseeding service for renovation alternatives)
The client must keep the soil moist for the next 2-3 weeks. Watering lightly every day for 3 weeks is recommended for best results.
Remember: if it dries, it dies.
Seed types: mixture of sun and shade seed
- 35% Express perennial ryegrass,
- 40% Quebec perennial ryegrass,
- 10% Jasper Creeping Red Fescue,
- 15% Quantum Leap Kentucky Bluegrass
- Our ryegrass seed is "endophytic" – which means insect – resistant.
- Ryegrass takes about 4-7 days to germinate.
- Bluegrass takes about 21 days to germinate
- Fescue falls in the middle
What do we do?
We begin with a single core aeration. This breaks up the thatch and compaction and opens up the lawn so that water, air, and nutrients can flow more easily through the soil. As well, by opening up the soil, it ensures better seed-soil contact.
Next, we apply seed with a broadcast spreader.
When do we do overseeding?
We perform this service in the spring or fall – for the best chance of germinating.
How often do I need to have my lawn Overseeded?
We recommend that Overseeding is done each year either in the spring or fall
Points to consider:
- We cannot do overseeding when a corn gluten meal is applied. This product will inhibit seed germination.
- Client must keep the soil moist daily for a period of 2-3 weeks, until establishment.
- Do not mow new seed until the new blades are 2 ½ -3 ". Always keep the lawn at 2/1/2 – 3 inches in height. Do not cut more than 1/3 of the leaf blade.(unless it was just seeded)
- Fall Overseeding is a dormant seeding, meaning some seeds will germinate in the fall, but most will germinate the following Spring.
- We must know if there is an Inground Irrigation System so our lawn technicians can flag the heads before starting. If no system it is worth considering to save time, money and obtain great lawn results.
Some benefits of Overseeding are:
- Helps to thicken a lawn and fill in thin weak areas
- Incorporates seed varieties that grow well in both sun and shade
- Adds valuable natural endophytes that help to decrease insect and disease presence
- Introduces healthy young grass that resist heat and drought stress
When can I mow my lawn?
- Wait a week for the seeds to settle and never cut the lawn under 2.5 – 3 inches in length for best results. Always remember to raise and sharpen your mower blade.