Tag Archives: Overseeding

Overseeding a lawn is the act of sowing fresh grass seed into an existing lawn.

Lawns can become thinner, or gain an excess of undesirable grasses. An seeding treatment sows a preferential species of grass seed into the lawn. This will thicken the lawn and improve it considerable over the long term.

Overseeding a lawn

Sowing new grass seed can be as easy as just scattering new grass on the top. Ideally it should be combined with a scarification treatment to help to clean the lawn and prepare the soil surface for the new seed. Scarifying will improve the chances of the overseeding treatment being successful because seed needs contact with soil to germinate. Cleaning the lawn of thatch and debris helps expose the soil surface.

For more information about thickening a lawn using new grass seed, read these blog posts.

Question: Shade grass seed in sun?

I received this interesting question in February 2022 about using shade grass seed in full sun and regenerating a lawn. This reader asks about which grass seed mix to use for shady and sunny areas. Find out the best way to overseed a new lawn and which grass seed to use after a spring regeneration and scarification in this Q&A blog post.

Question: Restoring a very long lawn

I received this question about restoring a very long lawn in Autumn 2020 by a reader of my Website. They were not able to mow their meadow during the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 and a local farmer then chopped down very roughly. Grass is very hardy and can put up with a lot of damage. Find out how best to restore a long meadow into a decent lawn.