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What Is Overseeding and Should You Do It?  

Lawn care worker holding grass seeds overseeding

Help your lawn resist disease and tolerate drought by keeping it thick and lush. One way to do this is to plant grass seed directly into the turf or to overseed it. Overseeding doesn’t wear or tear your turf, nor does it compromise the soil. This allows you to fill in patches that may be bare or less dense, while also contributing to greener grass, too. When you have a lawn that looks tired or lackluster, overseeding is a great solution.  

Why Overseed?  

Do you know what kind of turf you currently have? A lot of older landscapes may have been started with common grasses that are ill-suited to today’s conditions. Some may be more vulnerable to pests, for instance, or may require more fertilization than other varieties.  

Overseeding provides an option that doesn’t require removing the old turf and makes it easy to achieve a lush, green lawn. Overseeding — adding seed to your existing turf — can reduce the amount of water and fertilizer that the turf needs, while making it more tolerant to dry conditions, pests, shade, and better able to fend off disease. The result? A healthy, great-looking lawn!  

Tips for Overseeding 

Overseeding works in many situations, from a complete landscaping overhaul to simply making your lawn look better. It is effective at resolving thin, patchy, or brown grass.  

Will overseeding work for your lawn and landscape? Overseeding helps with: 

  • Poor drainage 
  • Poor soil conditions 
  • Drought or lack of water 
  • Poor circulation 
  • Compacted soil 
  • Lack of sunlight 
  • Thatch 
  • Non-native grass species 
  • Neglect or lack of care 

It is important to remember that if you do not find the underlying cause of your lawn’s decline, it could be susceptible in the future. Correcting the conditions that made your turf lackluster can prevent it from happening again after overseeding. 

After Overseeding 

It does not take long after overseeding to see results. Naturally, there are factors that impact how long it will take for new grass to emerge, but many will see growth in less than a week. Where you live and the type of grass you are seeding are big influences; talk to your landscape professional to find out more. With care and attention, it may take less than two months to completely establish an overseeded lawn!  

So, what do you do after overseeding? Here is what you should know: 

  • Overseeded lawns should be heavily watered right away to move the seed into the slits where they will germinate and grow, which can take up to two weeks. 
  • Water daily, but gingerly, the first couple weeks after seeding the lawn. Saturate the soil around one inch. 
  • After your grass seed has germinated, water less often but saturate the soil more deeply for optimal root development.  
  • Once established, follow the distinct recommendations for the type of grass and climate that you live in. Talk to a lawncare professional for more information.  

Property owners can do their part by maintaining the right watering schedule- and be vigilant about your lawn’s irrigation. Keep these tips in mind when planning your landscape care and maintenance. 

Want a lush, green lawn this year? Talk to the team at Carolina Services Grounds Division, a division of Carolina Services Inc., to learn more about overseeding. Carolina Services is a Commercial Landscaping and Ground Services Company in Charleston, SC; call or visit today to schedule your lawn care.