Lawn Overseeding

The turfgrass industry is always working to create varieties of grass that have a better color, texture, density, and overall quality. Some of these varieties have been bred to have better heat and drought tolerance. Some are also bred to be more disease and/or insect resistant. It is an excellent idea to work at integrating these newer varieties into the older grass that is already established in your lawn. Lawns should be overseeded once a year or at least every third year. This will help to establish the newer varieties if grass in your lawn. Overseeding can be done several ways. First, a slice seeder can slice the seed into the ground within the existing turfgrass. With this method it is recommended that you seed at two different directions. Slice seed going one direction across the lawn and then go over the lawn at a 45 degree angle from the first seeding direction. The second way to overseed is seeding after core aeration. This way involves core aerating the lawn and then running a broadcast fertilizer spreader over the lawn to spread the seed. The seed falls into the holes and is protected from the elements. Finally, you can hand rake in seed into the bare spots in the yard. At the very least, it is important to fill in bare and thin stands of grass. These are ideal areas for weeds to take a foothold in your lawn. By seeding these areas you add more grass to help crowd the weeds out of this area. Below is a list of critical things to do when you overseed a lawn.

  1. Always apply a starter fertilizer along with the seed. This will allow a more successful germination.
  2. Water the seed. Seedings are only successful if they get the water they need.
  3. DO NOT Settle for low quality seed. Choose a seed mix that has a high germination percentage, little or no weed seed, and other crop, and find a seed that is certified.  We offer great seed mixes.  Check below to learn more about seed mixes we carry. 
  4. When buying a seed mix choose one with 3-5 different varies in the mix.
  5. Choose a grass type that is appropriate for the site.
    1. Kentucky Bluegrass is an excellent choice for sunny to light shade areas. This grass has underground runners which allows it to fill in and create a thick turf. Bluegrass will generally take 2-3 weeks to germinate.
    2. Perennial Ryegrass is great for seed establishment as it generally germinates in 7-10 days. Ryegrass grows well in sunny and partially shaded areas. Ryegrass does not spread as it is a bunch type grass. We generally mix Ryegrass in with our Bluegrass to make a blend that is 40% Perennial Ryegrass and 60% Kentucky Bluegrass.
    3. Fine Fescues (Hard, Red, or Chewing Fescues) are the best choice for deep shaded areas. They do not spread well as they are more prone to bunch type growth. The fine leaf blade is a little more difficult to mow and if you are cutting your lawn higher this type of grass may be prone to falling over and not cutting well. We will often mix this type of seed with our Ryegrass and Bluegrass mix.
    4. Avoid Annual Ryegrass and Tall Fescue grasses. These grass types are weeds in a Kentucky Bluegrass lawn.

 Overseeding Products available for sale. 

Our grass seed is available in 5 lb, 25 lb, and 50 lb bags.

We generally stock 3 different grass mixes for this area. All of our seed is certified blue tag seed.

Hawcott Lawn Mix
-Bluegrass/Perennial Ryegrass Mix
60%-Kentucky Bluegrass (3 varieties)
40%-Perennial Ryegrass (2 varieties)

Seeding rate:
New seeding (bare ground)-5-6 lbs/1000 sq ft
Overseeding (existing turf)-2-3 lbs/1000 sq ft

Super Shade Mix-All Fine Fescue Blend
100%-Fine Fescue (5 varieties)

Seeding rate:
Maintained areas-4-6 lbs/1000 sq ft

Sod Grower II Mix-All Bluegrass Blend
100%-Kentucky Bluegrass (4 varieties)

Seeding rate:
New seeding (bare ground)-2-3 lbs/1000 sq ft
Overseeding (existing turf)-1-1.5 lbs/1000 sq ft

Seeding Mulch

We carry a seeding mulch called Penn Mulch. It is a mulch that also contains a starter fertilizer. The mulch provides nutrients and holds moisture around the new seeds. This helps with improved seed germination rates.

The Penn mulch is available in 50 lb bags.

Covers-750 sq ft/bag

Erosion Control Blankets

Erosion control blankets are biodegradable netting with straw weaved into it. The netting helps hold moisture around seed and helps to hold soil and seed in place an sloped areas. The netting should be secured with sod staples.

Blankets come in a roll-6.67' x 108'

It has always been our goal to provide our customers with the best quality products on the market. In late 2010 we began having our grass seed mix custom mixed with the specific varietes of grass we requested, Our mix was created with varieties that scored high on the NTEP trials and are also blue tag certified seed. The mix we came up with is a 60% Kentucky Bluegrass and 40% Perennial Ryegrass mix. We chose grass varieties that had excellent color and texture along with great disease resistance. We believe that if you invest a little bit more in quality seed that you will have fewer problems with disease pressure, and unhealthy grass down the road.

Please take a moment to click on the varieties below to learn a little more about the seeds in our mix.

Nu Destiny Kentucky Bluegrass

Beyond Kentucky Bluegrass

4-Seasons Kentucky Bluegrass

Revenge GLX Perennial Ryegrass

Apple GL Perennial Ryegrass

Call us for a quote for overseeding your lawn today
We can overseed your entire lawn or just spot overseed the thin or dead areas.

Before a fall seeding.

After seeding the following spring.
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