There’s nothing quite like the feel of soft, lush grass between your toes. But creating that healthy lawn can be trickier than it sounds! If you’re looking to improve and thicken a lawn to beat out the weeds, overseeding is a great first step in the spring.
Over-seeding improves the look and health of your lawn by filling in thin patches. Weeds will have a harder time finding space to take root in a thick, plush yard.
The best time to seed is in spring (May – June) and early fall (Late August – September). Don’t start too early in spring because grass seed germinates best when soil temperatures are above 17° C (62° F). You can use a cooking thermometer to check the temperature before you start.
The best grass seed for overseeding depends on the amount of sunlight your lawn receives. If your yard gets 6+ hours of direct sun, use a full sun mix. If you’re looking at less than 4 hours a day, morning sun only, or filtered light with overhead trees, choose a blend for shade.
I always recommend a mixed grass seed such as Scotts Turf Builder.
Keep in mind that nothing grows well in the dark (except for mushrooms!), so if you have full shade, consider mulch?
When to overseed depends on the health of your grass. You can overseed throughout the growing season as necessary but avoid hot and dry weather as the seeds will have difficulty getting established.
Grass seed: Scotts Turfbuilder Overseed Mix (2-4-2) – A feed and seed all in one!
For repairing patches: Scotts EZ Seed
Soil for topdressing (smaller areas, for large yards, bulk is best): Scotts Enriched Lawn Soil
Overseeding your lawn in spring or fall is an essential step to growing thick, plush grass. For more tips on caring for your grass, check out (link to other posts).