Reseeding Your Lawn

Your lawn, in the summer you want it lush enough for the children to play on, as well as being a focal point for entertaining. There are several reasons for wanting to reseed your lawn.

  • Reseeding the lawn compensates for slowed growth and rejuvenates the look of your lawn.
  • Reseeding every three to four years will re-establish the lawn before it begins to thin out.
  • Sometimes there are just more weeds than lawn.

Reseeding your lawn is also called thickening or overseeding, but the result is the same: a lusher lawn. It is most productively done in either late spring or better yet, late summer/ early fall. Soil temperatures are still warm, which is good for seed germination, and cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth. There will also be fewer weeds for the grass to compete with in the early fall.

Here are some ways to accomplish reseeding:

  • Mow the lawn extra short and remove the clippings.

Set your mower blade at two inches or less for regular overseeding.

  • Pick the right grass seed for your lawn.

In Northern New Jersey, Kentucky bluegrass is a thicker grass and does well with foot traffic and heavy use better than either hard or red fescue. Coarse-bladed tall fescue is also tolerant of foot traffic like Kentucky bluegrass. There are different types of fescues, and you can mix them to get the best result. However, typically the hard fescue is efficient in sandy and dry soil. Creeping fescue does well in shade, and chewing fescue is the attractive option. They all need little maintenance.

  • Aerate the soil.

Water the day before you plan to be reseeding, so the soil has a little time to dry. With the soil is moist, go over the grass a few times with a core aerator or a manual lawn aerator. This leaves tiny holes in the soil for the seeds to be worked into.

  • Apply grass seed.

Use with a drop or broadcast spreader. This will spread the grass in a uniform way.

  • Fertilize right away.

Add fertilizer and lightly rake the seed and fertilizer into the soil.

  • Water daily.

Finish with a gentle spray of water, being careful not to wash away the seeds. This needs to be done daily.

If you do not rake the area, the grass seeds may fail to grow due to erosion issues and suffocation. Seed germination should be within 2 to 4 weeks. Refrain from mowing for the first two to four weeks after reseeding. Once the new grass reaches about three inches, you can plan a mow.

The professionals at Precision Tree and Landscaping can help with this task so that your lawn can rejuvenate and become a healthy lawn season after season. They know the grass seed that will grow best in full sun and partial shade. They can also see if there are any issues with your soil and resolve them for better success. If there is an overabundance of weeds, they can resolve that issue as well. The advantage of reseeding your lawn is a lush, green lawn that fends off weeds, insects, and diseases.