Is your lawn looking thinner than usual? Has it been over taken with weeds? Do you have large dead patches in your turf? Fall is the perfect time to overseed to restore your weak looking lawn and set yourself up for a great yard come spring.
It is also a great time to do after aeration, as it gives new seedlings favorable conditions in which to grow and mature. Cool season grasses grow best when air temps are in the 60’s – 70’s most of the time. Warm soil encourages seed germination, cool air stimulates growth and fluctuations in soil moisture aren’t as drastic. Overseeding needs to be done early enough in the season to give seeds the time to germinate, and, in turn, the seedlings the time to mature enough to survive winter. Ideally, in our area this is in August or September, but timing can vary season to season.
There are tons of benefits to overseeding your lawn. It will fill in turf damaged by summer stressors such as heat and drought. It thickens and increases the density of your lawn, thus improving the appearance of your yard. It strengthens your turf, enhancing its ability to fight against pest, weeds and disease.