How to Overseed Your Lawn
It’s vital that you choose a seed that matches the rest of your lawn and growing environment. There are many different kinds of seed on the market, so you’ll need to identify if you need cool-season or warn-season grass seed. Giroud’s Seeding Treatment uses a blend of 3 types of grass seed that are most ideal for our climate and soil quality in this part of Pennsylvania.
- Kentucky Blue Grass
- Rye Grass
- Turf type tall fescue
The Kentucky Blue Grass and the Rye Grass seeds are both cool weather grasses that thrive in Pennsylvania. As these two types of grass go dormant in the heat of the summer, they will begin to yellow. That’s why we also use the tall fescue grass seed, which sun tolerant and heat resistant. The fescue greens up your lawn during the hottest months. Since it does great in the heat, it works to crowd out pesky weeds and weedy grasses that try to take over your lawn.
Prep Your Soil
Before you seed, mow your lawn using a low setting on your mower. Then rake up any debris, such as dead grass and leaves, so the seeds can reach the soil. Fill in any holes with topsoil so your yard is even.
You’ll want to use a spreader that’s right for the size of your lawn. Check out Scott’s tips for How to Choose Lawn Spreaders here. Once you have the right tools for the job, just fill it up with seed and start spreading!
Don’t Forget to Water
While new grass is growing, keep the soil moist by watering lightly daily. Don’t drench the soil or the seed will run off before it has a chance to grab hold and take root! Once the new grass is at the same height as surrounding grass, it is established and you can ease off the watering.