Welcome back to the Koopman DIY Project Book! Your lawn directly affects both the appearance of your home and your enjoyment of outdoor activities. A thick, dark green lawn is both restful and energizing. So how do you get that nice healthy lawn? It’s easier than you think, and only requires a little periodic maintenance and some good habits. Today’s subect is overseeding, so let’s talk about what overseeding is and how you do it!
WHAT IS OVERSEEDING?
Overseeding is the process of planting new grass seed to rejuvenate your lawn and fill in thinned or bare areas. It also helps improve the overall density of the lawn and gives it a more vibrant and healthy look. When you overseed a lawn you will normally seed the entire lawn. If most of the lawn looks good, why seed the whole lawn? Here’s why this habit really pays off–the key to a healthy, thick, green lawn is healthy grass plants. That may sound obvious, but an entire industry has grown up focused on solving lawn problems. Focus instead on the grass and you will automatically eliminate 80% of those problems. As Jonathan Green says, “Your best defense against common lawn problems is a thick healthy lawn.”
WHEN SHOULD I OVERSEED?
The best time of year to overseed your lawn is the fall. If you missed it, you can do it in early spring, but the grass won’t be as hardy for the summer. Around labor day the soil will still be warm enough to germinate the seeds while being cool enough to encourage the growth of strong and healthy roots.