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How to Overseed Your Lawn - Tips on Overseeding Your Lawn

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For a full green lawn, follow our top-notch advice on how to overseed your lawn using thorough aeration techniques, fertilizer, and crabgrass preventer:

A spreader is the perfect way to broadcast seed and fertilizer.

Step 1: Mow Lawn Short

Mow your grass to a height of 1½ to 2 inches.

Step 2: Rake Area Thoroughly

Use a garden rake or landscape rake. Take care not to tear out too much of the existing lawn.

Step 3: Aerate Your Lawn

Aeration improves your lawn’s appearance, usability, and ability to absorb water from irrigation. Lawn aeration increases nutrient uptake and helps to break up compaction, allowing roots of existing grass to breathe. An aerator that pulls up plugs is more effective than one that simply pokes holes. Leave soil cores on top of the lawn to help grass seed germination.

Step 4: Broadcast Starter Lawn Fertilizer

Use One Of The Following:

Step 5: Broadcast Seed Over Lawn

See grass seed mix list for the perfect blend for your yard. Use overseeding rates listed for mix per 1000 square feet. Use a hand spreader for small areas and a fertilizer spreader for large areas. For a more uniform seeding, broadcast one-half of the seed in one direction and the other half in a direction perpendicular to the first.

Step 6: Rake

Rake lightly and thoroughly with a leaf rake to ensure good seed and soil contact which will increase germination.

Step 7: Watering

Water on a regular schedule to make sure seed and soil stay moist. Sunny locations and dry weather will require you to water more frequently. Using a timer will help you achieve an even growing environment.