Lawn Seeding and Overseeding
During the late summer and fall it is necessary to seed your lawn to keep your lawn healthy and to deter problem grasses. Northwest grasses are primarily made up of annual ryegrass and a fescue mix. The problem with these grasses is that they do not re-seed themselves and so in the late summer or early fall we need to overseed our lawns to prevent thinning and bare spots. The concept of overseeding lawns as part of a regular maintenance has been around for years, but it is still new to many homeowners. This one step will do more to improve the quality of your lawn than almost anything else you can do. As new turf fills in it will choke out weeds and strengthen the root system’s ability to fight disease.
Once a lawn has been established, that isn't the end of the need for grass seeding. To keep your lawn healthy, it needs to be re-seeded periodically to keep it lush and to keep weeds from sprouting. Instead of guessing when your lawn needs to be seeded and how to take care of the task, let the professionals do your lawn seeding just when your lawn needs it.
The first step is to identify what type of grass you have and just how healthy it is. This will determine the seed type and the amount of seed that will be needed. Then, the process of seeding begins. The lawn is cut short to allow the seeds to penetrate the current grass and come into contact with the soil. Grass seed must have that contact in order to germinate. The shorter grass around it will protect the seeds from being washed away and make them less visible to birds.
What can I expect from an overseeding service?
Our technicians will inspect your yard and identify all thinning areas or bare spots. The correct amount and type of new seed will be spread in different directions over these areas. Overseeding treatments are often combined with an aeration service in order to give the new seeds the best possible chance at growing. The circulation of oxygen, nutrients, and water is increased through aeration and also allows the new seeds to fall deeper into the soil where they are safe from birds and the elements and more likely to germinate successfully. Frequent, light, watering is a must after an overseed service. Soon you will see your new grass coming through and its best to keep those areas protected until the blades are strong enough to be trampled by dogs, kids, and the like.
Another reason to overseed your lawn is that it will make your lawn more resistance to disease. With new seed being planted regularly, your lawn will have a higher level of resistance to diseases that could strike the old grass already there. To prevent disease and weeds, your lawn should be so thick that the soil isn't visible from above the grass.