Fall is a great time to give your lawn an extra boost to maintain a healthy disposition. Doing the work in late summer or early fall prepares the grass to survive the long and cold winters of Ontario. There are several things you can do in early fall; aeration, which we discussed in a previous blog post (if you missed the post check it out here ), overseeding, and topdressing. Combining the three together guarantees a lush, healthy green lawn.
What is overseeding?
Overseeding is the planting of grass seed directly into existing turf, without tearing up the turf, or the soil. It’s an easy way to fill in bare spots, improve the density of turf, establish improved grass varieties, and enhance your lawn’s color.
Benefits of overseeding
Usually established lawns become “worn out” after the heat, and traffic of the summer. Insect and weed activity also weakens its composition and eats away at the roots. This causes the grass to often be more disease-prone, requiring more fertilizer and water.
Overseeding newer turfgrass varieties into an older lawn can help it better withstand insects, disease, drought, shady conditions, and heavy traffic. The investment in overseeding pays off by reducing the amount of fertilizer, water, and pesticides required. Most importantly, a renovated lawn stays greener and looks thicker and healthier!
Overseeding Best Practices
Many people forget to do this and then when overseeding does not work to its full potential they don’t know why. Topdressing!!! We can’t state this enough. Do not forget to topdress once you overseed. What does it mean? It means finishing off your overseeding with nutrient-rich soil to give the seeds a better chance to sprout and grow strong roots. We, at Niko’s Gardening, recommend and only use Gro-Max®. No, we do not sell the product, no we are not affiliated with it. But we are confident that this is the better product out there in terms of soil. Gro-Max® is a premium garden soil that has high moisture retention and the ability to drain well. It is a blend of compost, aged bark, peat, and soil. Using this blend of quality organic materials the soil allows moisture and nutrients to be available to plants when needed, and excellent drainage when too much water is present. It is a rich, light, and workable planting soil that can be used as a planting soil or soil amendment.