What to Know About Using an Over-seeder

Overseeding is the process of planting grass seed directly onto your turf, without ripping up the turf or soil. Over-seeding can make your grass look the best it’s ever had! Grass can really make a difference in the look of your yard and property in general. This is a great way to improve the density of you grass, fill in and spots that are missing grass, establish different varieties of grass, and enhance the green in your lawn. When renting an over-seeder, you may not know where to begin. Read our guide to learn some tips and tricks.

When should you over-seed?

The typical best time is Spring or Fall is the best time to over-seed. After a long New England winter, by mid-Spring, many people are baffled by how good their grass ends up looking. You’ll be able to get a great lawn when you hydro-seed before the summer, watering the lawn for a couple months or more after, but grass tends to want to be dormant in the summer.

Preparation for over-seeding

Some people over-seed after a really rainy season where the was so much rain that all your grass dries up from drainage. First, plug aerate and then wait two weeks for the plugs to become broken up from mowing. You should then cut your grass shorter than you usually would. Make sure your grass is efficiently watered so the top of the soil gets soft enough for the overseeder. An overseeding machine is a “verticutter.” These vertical cutting blades can cut some grooves into your lawn’s surface more easily.

How much grass should you buy?

If you’re spending a good amount of money to rent the overseeding equipment, make sure you buy enough seed. Don’t be cheap about it! Buy at least five pounds per 1,000 square feet of land. Roughly measure the size of the area you want to seed. Typically, a lot is a rectangular or square shape.  If you need help, ask a professional or even look it up for yourself. You are going to want to make sure you buy enough seed to ensure your grass grows correctly and to its full potential.

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