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Author: Matt Hagens

Look for a reputable brand of grass seed. It should list “weed seeds 0%” and “other crop seeds 0%”.

If you do see any weeds pop up in the grass seed area, pull them right away! Don’t use a weed killer quite yet. Your new grass can’t handle an herbicide at this stage.

Step-by-step instructions for overseeding a weedy yard

Weeds are frustrating! With a bit of patience and work, you can take back your yard with new, healthy grass!

Once your new grass is established and mowed two times, it is time for weed and feed! Follow the instructions on the package for the best results.

Weeds will dominate any thin areas of lawns! Try to catch thin areas of the lawn in the spring when the weeds are just starting to take over. This is a great time to apply new grass seed and choke out the weeds!

Grass seed can be planted in a weedy lawn. However, if the weeds are very thick, you will get better results if you deal with the weeds first. If there are just a few weeds, pull the largest ones, then apply the grass seed.