Take a good look at your lawn, if it looks like its thinning out or weak, over-seeding may be your answer. When you overseed, you plant seeds directly into the already existing turf without tearing up the soil or turf. You may be thinking that applying sod can do the same trick but it may not give the same results. This is because when you overseed, you get a thicker, more beautiful lawn for a fraction of the cost if you used sod. Overseeding also keeps away weeds if it is mowed over 2 inches tall. It also keeps disease away because any new variety of seed sown today will have better resistance to disease than those seed varieties already existing in your lawn. The early fall is the best time to overseed but you can also get good results in the spring.
If your lawn has bugs or disease, or you do not have an automatic sprinkler system or your dog is making your lawn its playing field; you need to go for power seeding. When power seeding, you use a machine with knife-like blades to create slits in your lawn and then drop the seeds into the slits you created. If you are also looking for a quick fix to a weak lawn or you want to ensure you get grass that germinates at the optimum level you may want to opt for power seeding.
So what is the difference between overseeding and power seeding? It all has to do with personality. Some people want to get their hands and feet in contact with the soil others prefer to have a machine do all the hard work. The overseed and power seed are similar methods of getting your lawn to scream beautiful except that in the overseed method you;
- Distribute new grass seed
- Rake the grass
- Then remove thatch from the existing turf
For a successful overseeding process, the grower will need to ensure two things:
- That he places the seed directly into contact with the soil. Scattering seed on top of the turf does not ensure that it will grow. Because it is firmly tucked into the soil, it also guarantees that your seed is protected from the sun and birds and therefore will grow.
- The bare areas need to be saturated. To be 100% effective, you need to overseed and at the same time aerate the soil. In fact, it is recommended that you encompass core aeration before you overseed. This dramatically increases the rate at which the seed germinates.
Power seeding helps increase turf density and improve the overall appearance of your lawn. A dense lawn keeps the bugs and weeds away. It can be used to touch up small bare areas or when doing a complete lawn renovation.
The beast season to power seed is in the Fall because of the warm days and cool nights that make it ideal for proper germination of the seed and the development of a turf early. The Fall Season also enables the seed to establish itself more quickly because it is not getting competition from weeds.
Finally, make sure you do some research on the seed you are buying. Whether you choose to overseed or power seed or both, the overall outcome is that it will ensure a consistent, healthy and beautiful lawn.