What to Know About Using an Over-seeder

Overseeding involves planting grass seed directly into existing turf, without ripping up the turf or soil. It’s a great way to improve the density, fill in bare spots, establish grass varieties, and enhance your lawn’s green color. When renting an over-seeder, you may not know where to begin. Read our guide to learn some tips and tricks.

When is the best time to over-seed?

The typical best time is Spring or Fall is the best time to over-seed. After the long winter, by mid-Spring, many people are surprised by how thick and healthy the turf ended up being. You’ll be able to get a great lawn when you hydro-seed before the summer, providing you water for the lawn two months or more after, but grass tends to want to be dormant during the summer.

Preparation: Let’s get ready to over-seed

Some decide to over-seed Fall after a wet year when we get so much rain that much of the turf in your front lawn drainage ditches dry up. First, plug aerated and then waited a couple of weeks for the plugs to get broken up by mowing back into the soil. Trim shorter-than-usual so the grass wouldn’t be overly thick and tangled for the Overseeder machine. If your lawn is dried, you should spend a day or so heavily watering to soften up the first inch of topsoil. An overseeding machine is a “verticutter.” These vertical cutting blades can cut grooves into your lawn’s surface more easily.

Grass Seed

You shouldn’t have a hard time finding decent deals on grass seed no matter where you live. Check with your local lawn and garden store to see what they recommend. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, especially if this is the first time seeding your own lawn. 

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 your home’s lot. Usually, a lot is a rectangular or square shape. If your lot is about 100 feet x 150 feet, you have a 15,000 sq ft lawn. Now subtract the footprint of your house and other landscape features. If your home is 75 ft x 30 ft, you have around 2,000 sq ft to take from the 15,000 sq ft lot. Subtract out an estimate of your driveway, low trees, etc. Count that as another 3,000 sq ft.

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