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Overseeding Your Lawn - The Best Ways To Do It

You might wonder, what does overseeding your lawn mean. It simply means spreading your grass seeds to make your lawn grow.

Why You Need to Overseed Your Lawn

Because in the winter, your lawn tends to get a lot of beating from the cold, harsh weather (wear and tear). Therefore, overseeding or sowing your grass seeds can make your lawn get back its glorious green color and texture.

Here's What You Need To Do

Before you even get into overseeding your lawn, you must take care of other issues at hand first.

Step 1: Take out the moss

This will be yellow or brownish grass that appear all over your lawn. How do you start? Aerate the lawn by using an aerator.

aerator
This is an aerator

 

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The aerator digs up the moss

Step 2: Take out the weeds

Weeds will be bigger than the moss and are much more visible. Take them out by hand (make sure you pull out the root too) and then apply anti-weed products onto the needed spots.

weeds
Weeds, bad for your lawn as they are ugly and parasitic

Step 3: Mow your lawn as short as you can

Just make sure not too low until you "dig up" the soil (because the lawn can be uneven)! Why do you need to mow your poor old grass short? This is because your seeds must be touching with the soil later on, not sitting on top of the existing old grass. How short? Keep it between a half inch to 1 inch.

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Mow your lawn short, set your mower height to the lowest

Step 4: Spread the lime

Before you can overseed (spread your seeds), you must ensure check your pH level. For certain areas, you need to balance the pH (how acidic or how alkaline) of the soil. You do this by spreading the lime onto the soil using a machine called broadcast spreader.

Step 5: Apply fertilizer

After the pH, it's time for the fertilizer, which is very important for providing nutrients for your grass and seeds. Again, using the broadcast spreader, spread your fertilizer particles all over the lawn. Why is pH important? This is because the right pH level allows germination to happen, which is important.

Step 6: Water your lawn

You can either wait for the morning dew (which takes a day because you have to wait until dawn) or water it yourself if you have a water sprinkling system.

Step 7: Spread your grass seeds (overseeding)

You want to do this by hand because not all grass areas need to be overseeded.

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Lawn overseeding process using your hands

Must Read Tips For Overseeding Your Lawn

Bird danger

Did you know your grass seeds are delicious to them? Birds are also known to pry your seeds out of the soil surface too.

How to solve this problem? Use compost. What is a compost? It's a collection of decaying organic substances that look like soil.

Step 8: Spread the compost on top of the spread seeds

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Compost is the blackish material you put to cover up the seeds and preserve moisture

You should only use a fine layer of compost on top of the grass seeds. The role of the compost is to cover the seeds as well as protect the moisture in the soil. This is because moisture is important for the seeds to germinate and grow.

Note: It's important to know that you must use compost, especially during sunny days, which can lead to dryness. When the soil and seeds become dry, your grass won't grow at all.

And that's all you need to know when it comes to overseeding your lawn!