Overseeding

Typically, fall is the right time to overseed, but if you’re trying to repair your lawn and want to do it again now here are some tips…

First, more is better. I usually don’t go with this methodology, but with seed it’s true. The manufacturers of seed want you to think their seed will cover more square footage than it actually does, which makes them competitive and look good in the garden store so you buy their product. No, I am not going to offer a recommendation, just make sure to match the type of your turf- typically kentucky bluegrass here in Colorado. That all being said, put down about twice to three times as much as recommended. Last season we experimented with an overseeding where there was originally dirt and the client wanted to extend their turf. We put down about three times as much as recommended and amazingly it was popping up after a week! Don’t expect these results, but it’s possible!

Second, use a high quality organic fertilizer. There is a clear difference of success when using organic fertilizer vs. synthetic vs. none at all. Don’t overuse the fertilizer though, just apply it as usual.

Lastly, make sure to cover the seed with a nutrient rich topsoil. We use BOSS, Bio Organic Soil Supplement. Covering it with a nutrient rich topsoil will, hopefully, fend off birds and other pests from eating the seed, and additionally it will protect it from burning up in the sun. The layer doesn’t need to be thick, just enough to cover all of the seed.

Make sure to water the seed and topsoil after doing these steps. Check a couple of times daily to ensure the topsoil isn’t drying out, and if it is just hand water. As soon as most of it has successfully sprouted try to get it off of daily waterings down to every other day, then to the regular restriction schedule.

We hope this helps!

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