Why & when to overseed: Lawn care guide

by Sophie Tsang 09/11/2022

If your lawn has bald patches, it might be time to overseed. Lawn grass can develop empty patches for a variety of reasons, including weeds, diseases, heat damage or cold weather. Luckily, overseeding is a simple process to help fill in the existing grass and promote a lush, green lawn.

Want to know more about overseeding? Here are the basics:

When & why to overseed your lawn

Your lawn can develop bare spots or sparse patches of dead grass when it suffers stress from drought, damage or lack of nutrients. Other signs of an unhealthy lawn include faded color and thinning growth. In these situations, the best option is to overseed with grass seed.

It’s best to overseed a lawn in early fall, when the soil temperature is still high enough to support seed germination. New grass will have enough time to develop before winter temperatures arrive and cause most lawns to go dormant. In warm regions, you can also spread grass seed in your existing lawn in the early spring.

How to overseed your lawn

You can hire a professional lawn care service to overseed your lawn. Large-scale landscaping equipment can make the job quicker and more efficient for a professional.

However, the DIY approach is simple and only requires a few basic tools:

  1. Prep the lawn by aerating and removing thatch.
  2. Use a seed spreader to distribute the grass seed evenly throughout the bare patches.
  3. Water immediately after spreading the grass seed, and then daily for about two weeks to aid germination.
  4. Once the new grass has grown to the height of your existing lawn, you can mow it as normal.

Overseeding can be the key to transforming your existing grass into a healthier lawn. If you’re not sure where to start, consult your local lawn experts for advice.

About the Author
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Sophie Tsang

Sophie’s Civil Engineering background and marketing expertise contribute to her broad understanding and high efficiency in marketing real estate properties. She has been consistently a top performer since 2005, and ranks top 1% of all Silicon Valley Realtors, and top 1000 Realtors in the country per World Street Journal Real Trends.

As a seasoned negotiator, Sophie’s no-nonsense marketing system and meticulous attention to details have been key success factors. She is known as the The Fixer, or the Miracle Worker, frequently helps sellers sell their homes when other agents had failed or given up. She helps buyers get into homes when they previously struggled. 19 years in Real Estate, Sophie has honed her skills on getting the best possible results for her clients. Her trusted network of vendors and use of cutting-edge technology ensure each step of each transaction is executed to achieve next level result!

Sophie is a proud parent of 2 Eagle Scouts. She has done guest speaking at Faith Radio, and written a column for World Journal Newspaper to share her Real Estate knowledge. Sophie is a Palo Alto Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, also a Golden Gate Keeper (Golden Gate National Park Conservancy)