Another summer has come and gone. You’ve worked hard for these past few months to ensure that your yard and everything in it stayed as healthy and presentable as possible. Perhaps your hard work has paid off and everything looks immaculate, in which case, congratulations! On the other hand, perhaps your efforts were no match for the sun’s powerful rays, and now your once-beautiful lawn is thin, browning, or littered with dead patches.
Some homeowners find it easy to ignore this problem until next spring, but they would end up having to work overtime to combat the effects of both summer and winter. Fall is the perfect time to fix an unhealthy lawn, and the best way to go about doing so is by overseeding!
What Is Overseeding?
Overseeding is exactly what it sounds like: spreading grass seed over an already-existing lawn. This may sound like a very drastic task, but the effects are well worth it.
Here’s how it’s done: You begin by mowing your lawn as short as your mower allows. Once that’s done, you use a rake to bring up any loose or dead grass. All of this is preparing your soil for new seeds, especially in problem areas of your lawn. From there, you simply use a seed spreader all over your lawn, distributing the seeds evenly. Finally, as with any seeds, use sprinklers to water your lawn until the seeds start to bud.
Why Is Fall the Best Time?
Technically, you can overseed your lawn during spring or summer, as well. That being said, overseeding in the autumn months yields the best results.
The sun is obviously at its harshest during the summer, which is probably why your lawn needs this extra attention in the first place. Harsh rays and particularly warmer temperatures are some of the biggest causes for unhealthy grass. During the fall months, the weather is slowly becoming cooler, granting your lawn the optimal conditions to grow.
Spring is the second-best season to overseed for similar reasons. However, with spring comes the risk of weedy grasses such as foxtails and crabgrass, which will compete with your new budding grass. Spring also has the disadvantage of coming right after snowy months, which leave your soil cold and less likely to nurse seeds into fruition.
By fall, any weeds in your lawn are growing weaker, making it easier for your new grass to grow without competition. The soil is also still warm from the summer months, making it optimal for seed germination. On top of all of this, dead leaves falling onto your lawn make a phenomenal fertilizer after decomposition, providing your new seeds with a natural source of nutrients!
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