Overseeding: how to bring your lawn back to life!

Is your lawn looking patchy, thin or generally under the weather? Overseeding may be the answer! Spreading new grass seed over existing turf will help renew your lawn after a rough patch of harsh weather conditions, a weed infestation, or a period of general neglect.

Why should I overseed my lawn?

If your turf is not quite past the point of no return where it needs to be ripped up and relaid, overseeding your lawn is a great way to refresh the colour and bring it back to life. Overseeding can help rejuvenate your lawn by:

  1. Repairing bare patches 
  2. Reducing the risk of weeds taking over
  3. Strengthening your lawn’s root system

How to overseed your lawn

Prepare your lawn by mowing closely, ensuring you choose a time when your lawn is dry. The next step is to rake your lawn and remove any debris. You will also need to aerate your lawn before you start the overseeding process to ensure that the soil is sufficiently oxygenated for the new grass seeds to take root. If your turf is brown and patchy, it’s best to establish whether it’s suffering from another issue such as lawn grubs before you start overseeding. Check out our blog on identifying a lawn grub infestation to learn more.  

Start spreading the seed

Ideally, you should be overseeding with the same variety of grass as your existing lawn. If you’re not sure what variety of turf you have, get in contact with your turf specialist or check out our website for more information on the characteristics of different turf varieties. 

When it comes to sowing the seeds, you can overseed by hand or by using a spreader. Simply fill the spreader and start distributing the seed or focus on sparse patches by sowing it by hand. 

Post-overseeding care 

After overseeding your lawn, give the new seeds a fighting chance to develop a strong and healthy root system by being consistent with your watering schedule. This will ensure that the soil is moist and water is reaching the deeper root system. Wait until the grass is roughly 40-50mm before mowing for the first time and mow on a higher cut to avoid tearing up the freshly sown grass seeds. Trimming your lawn regularly, try not to remove any more than roughly three-quarters of the grass growth at any given time.

If your lawn has passed the point of no return and can’t be saved with some overseeding, your best course of action is to rip it up and lay some new turf. Offering a range of drought-resistant turf varieties and expert advice, the Go Turf team has all of your turf needs covered. Get in touch for a quote today! 

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