Caring for your lawn is an essential part of maintaining your home’s exterior. Having a healthy lawn is sure to add beauty and value to your home. But even if you devote hours every week to your yard, your lawn can start to brown and look thin as the seasons change. The best way to restore its vibrancy and vitality is by overseeding the entire lawn. Below we will give you the 411 on how to overseed your lawn to get it looking as good as ever.

What Is Overseeding?

Overseeding is the process of applying seed on top of your existing lawn. As your lawn ages, the production rate of new grass blades slows down. When aging grass weakens, weeds can begin taking over the entire lawn.

Below are two reasons that professionals suggest overseeding your lawn.

  • Your lawn is thin, brown, and patchy.
  • Warm-season grass types went dormant in the cold, winter months and need overseeded with a cool-season seed to promote growth all year.

What Is The Best Time Of Year For Overseeding?

The time of year to overseed your lawn is dependent on the type of seeds you are planting. In Kentucky and other states with northern climates, it is best to overseed 45 days before the planting zone’s first frost. This is ideal to strengthen a lawn that is becoming weak and thin. Strengthening the existing turf in the spring is best done once the threat of all freezes have passed. In southern climates where warm-season grass grows, overseeding should be done in an effort to obtain winter color or after the temperatures drop below 65 degrees overnight consistently. To promote germination, prepare the area before when the soil temperatures are elevated.

Everything You Need To Overseed Your Lawn


  • Grass Seed
  • Enriched Soil
  • Rake
  • Seed Spreader
  • Lawn Mower
  • Sprinkler

How To Correctly Overseed Your Lawn

Step #1: Rake and Mow 
To start the process of overseeding, you need to mow your lawn at your mower’s lowest setting and bag the clippings. Once finished, rake the lawn to remove any loose grass and debris. This helps to expose the soil which will accommodate the growth of new seed later.
Step #2: Test and Improve the Soil Conditions
Add a thin layer of enriched soil that is ¼” thick or less over the existing grass and rake it gently to create a healthy place for the new seeds to flourish.
Step #3: Time to Seed
Fill your seed spreader. You should adjust the setting as instructed on the label. Apply seed throughout your entire lawn, refill your spreader as needed. If you have a smaller yard, you might want to use a hand spreader. A broadcast or drop spreader is better for larger yards.
Step #4: Fertilize Your Grass
Pick out a fertilizer based on the needs of your soil and new grass seed and apply it. The concentration level of the fertilizer should be suitable for new grass and contain phosphorus to promote root growth, as well as nitrogen for enhanced growth and a greener, more vibrant lawn.
Step #5: Hydrate Your Lawn
You will need to make sure that the seeds and soil stay consistently moist by watering your lawn once or twice daily until the new grass is the same height as the existing. After that, water your lawn as needed to keep it from wilting and to help establish a healthy root system. Avoid mowing until the grass the lawn has filled in and the new grass blades are an inch or more tall. A healthy lawn will require a decent amount of water to look green and luscious.
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