The Payoff of Overseeding Your Lawn

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Why overseed and not just seed the “right amount”?  “Overseeding” and “overseeding lawn” does  not mean applying more seed than needed. Overseeding means spreading grass seed over troubled spots in an existing lawn. Overtime bare spots may appear in certain areas of a lawn, and weed pressure may start becoming a problem. To combat this you’re going to need to properly aerate the lawn then apply a good amount of grass seed. Overseeding really shines after a proper aeration because the holes caused by aeration allow the seeds to make good contact with the soil. The result is great germination, and healthy, strong blades of grass.


Overseeding Lawn


There’s several indicators to look for when trying to figure out if you need overseeding.


  • Your soil is compacted. Compaction is caused most commonly by foot traffic. Children and pets running around on the lawn for example. Over time this compacts the soil and disrupts the grasses ability to “breath” thus calling for aeration and overseeding.   
  • Your lawn dries out and or feels spongy. Chances are you have a thatch build up. Thatch is a loose, organic layer of dead and living shoots, stems, and roots that develop between the zone of vegetation and the soil surface. If this builds up too quickly you’ll need to remove the thatch and aerate.  
  • Your lawn becomes brown during heat spells.
  • You find standing water in your lawn, a result of poor drainage.


When aerating and seeding in the Fall you have lots of North Shore landscaping companies to choose from.  We’ve been working with New England lawns for over 15 years. We know how they react to our climate and we know what they need to flourish. Most lawns can use at least an annual aeration and overseeding. We have the equipment to get the job done the right way. Contact us a call today and get started on getting the most out of your lawn.