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Over-Seeding

Apr 22nd, 2015

Over-seeding

Keep your lawn density up!

One proven way to get your lawn density back into shape is by over-seeding your lawn with JB Selected Premium lawn seed

Over-seeding helps thicken your lawn and helps keep weeds from taking hold. This is especially important in the spring and the fall to keep your lawn healthy year-around.

When to seed:

Cool season grasses germinate and grow best when the soil temperatures are between 50 and 65 degrees F. These temperatures usually occur when the daytime air temperatures are between 60 and 75 degrees.

Preparation: Mow your lawn as short as possible. You want the best ‘seed to soil’ contact that you can get. Rake out all loose vegetation to expose the soil. By good raking you can break the surface of the exposed soil. Spread starter fertilizer following manufacturer’s directions. We do not suggest using a weed & feed fertilizer when over-seeding your lawn.

Over-seeding: Using a spreader, spread seed evenly over the prepared area at the rate of 4-5 lbs. per 1000 sq. feet (or heavier in thin areas of the lawn).

Put a little extra seed on any bare spots. Spread a very thin layer of peat moss, and roll to firm the seed to soil contact.

Water: It is important to keep a seeded area moist at all times, as the seed establishes, without over-watering.

Fertilize: Use a starter fertilizer in establishing the over-seeded area. Then, as it establishes, fertilize in your normal pattern, typically 3 to 5 times per year. 

(see 'A Healthy Lawn- Leg 2' in the blog for more information on fertilizer applications)

Keep it green, dense and healthy this year!

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