If you live somewhere like Wyoming, it’s going to be pretty difficult to sustain a lawn all year long (snow will usually become your lawn for a few months). But if you live in a climate with mild winters and a fair amount of wintertime rain, it’s definitely possible to keep a lawn going all year long—although this can be quite the challenge. Foot traffic, bald spots, and changing temperatures can be too much for a single strain of grass to bear, leaving you with a lawn more of an eyesore than anything.
Fortunately, this is where overseeding can come in handy. By planting a winter-friendly grass seed over your existing summer lawn, you can have thicker, healthier, and more sustainable grass all year long.
In this blog, the grass seed suppliers at Western Wonder will give you a quick and dirty guide to overseeding. With some hard work and the right strategies, you’ll have a lawn to die for, not matter the weather or the season.
Do your research.
The most important part of overseeding is choosing the right grass seed. If you don’t do your research, you could spend extra time and money on overseeding and still have issues with bald spots and other lawn-related problems. Learn about your climate zone to understand what kinds of grass seeds will grow during the winter months, or talk to your local landscape supply experts for grasses that do particularly well in your area.
Prep your lawn.
Before you begin the overseeding process, you need to prep your lawn for maximum seed entry into the soil bed. Start by mowing your lawn on the lowest possible blade setting to free up space for the new seeds, and collect any lawn clippings and debris. Use a rake to remove smaller debris so you have a visible and accessible soil bed, and so your soil is a bit looser than normal.
Use a seed spreader to evenly distribute your grass seed, following directions supplied on your seed package or from your seed supplier. This is the best part of the process!
Water, water, water.
To jumpstart your new grass seeds, water your lawn once or twice per day for optimal growth. Once your tiny seedlings reach the same height as your existing lawn, return to your normal watering schedule. While your new grass is growing, keep foot traffic and other activities to a bare minimum to avoid trampling and see damage.
When should I overseed?
Ultimately, the best overseeding time depends on your area and your climate. Generally speaking, spring and fall are the best times for overseeding in northern areas because the soil is warm but the air is cool, creating optimal growing conditions. For southern lawns, late spring to midsummer will give your warm season grass seed the best chance to look lush and green.
Talk to your grass seed suppliers today!
Western Wonder is your source for native and yard grass seed, and well as the tips and tricks you need for a beautiful lawn all year long. Check out our grass seed collection today!