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Many homeowners ask themselves, when is the best time of year to overseed my lawn? No matter which region of the country you call home, there are two times of year that are best for overseeding: early spring and late summer (mid-August to mid-September).

If non-organic fertilizer use isn’t an issue for your yard, you might opt to overseed in late summer instead. This is generally the time of year when weeds grow the least, making it the best time to address weeds aggressively and effectively. This is also a great time of year to facilitate new grass growth before your turf goes dormant for the winter.

Our Answer To The Common Question: When To Overseed My Lawn?

The spring option is best for homeowners who use non-organic fertilizer products containing chemicals that would stop new grass seeds from growing. By overseeding in early spring, you’ll give your existing grass and soil the most time possible to shed all the chemicals that could impede fresh growth.

The first consideration, before you start overseeding your lawn, is choosing the right variety of grass seed. The best options are perennial varieties that will do well both in your geographical region as well as in your particular yard. If you have a yard with large trees and lots of shade, for example, a shade-tolerant variety like fescue might perform better than a different, sun-loving variety like Bermuda. Another thing to consider is how damp or dry your region is, and what type of drainage your yard has. If you live in a wet area or your yard tends to collect moisture, a grass like St. Augustine might fare better than it would in a hotter, drier or sunnier area.

The term “overseed” may sound technical and even intimidating if you aren’t familiar with the process, but it’s really a simple gardening concept: Overseeding is simply the process of planting new grass seed over your existing grass in order to create a revived, newly green and beautiful lawn that is lush and healthy.

You’ll want to plant 1 1/2 to 2 pounds of turf-type Bermuda seed per 1,000 square feet. You’ll want to make sure and plant the seeds less than a quarter inch below the surface, making sure the soil is warmer than 65 degrees for the new seedlings to germinate.

Overseed Bermuda grass in mid-spring, when soil temperatures are around 60 degrees. Decrease your mowing height to half for the winter overseeded ryegrass. This slows ryegrass growth so it’s not competing with new Bermuda seedlings. It also allows more sunlight to the soil for better germination.

Once you’re ready to add Bermuda seeds, aerate the seedbed and spread the seed uniformly in the openings to blend with the existing Bermuda sod. You can use a seed slicer to open the soil surface and plant the seeds in the open furrows to help establish the new seedlings.

Benefits Of Overseeding Bermuda Grass

In order to keep your Bermuda grass looking thick, lush and full year after year, you’ll need to overseed to replace grass lost to the elements over time. The following is a guide on the benefits of overseeding and what time of year you should employ this tactic.

You might also want to apply a growth regulator to the ryegrass to slow its growth and increase the spread of Bermuda seedlings. You’ll want to apply the growth regulator a couple weeks before seeding the Bermuda.

Regular water in the first few weeks is vital. If no consistent rainfall is present, you’ll need to water regularly to make sure the seeds establish themselves.

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