What is overseeding?

All you need to know about lawn restoration and enhancement through overseeding.

Does your lawn appear thin, worn out, discoloured, or damaged no matter what you do?

Flooding, dehydration, and other forms of lawn damage can have long-term impacts on the well-being of your turfgrass.

If your lawn has sustained substantial damage, good upkeep, regular watering, or balanced fertiliser application can help.

In some cases, though, the best solution is overseeding.

But what is overseeing and how is carried out?

In this blog post, our experts break down the overseeding process and how it helps your damaged lawn.

What is overseeding?

Due to its potentially perplexing name, overseeding can sound more complicated than it is.

Lawn overseeding entails spreading new grass seed over the existing lawn to create a thicker and fresher growth.

You are putting new seeds alongside established grasses – hence the name overseeding.

Some people also refer to this practice as reseeding the lawn.

Why overseed your lawn?

Overseeding is a way of repairing damaged lawns.

However, it is not purely a disaster recovery process.

Overseeding is also great for improving lawn health, appearance, colour and density.

This is good for both unhealthy or healthy and quality lawns.

Lawns that suffer from drought stress, bare patches or insect and disease damage will all benefit from overseeding.

For the latter, overseeding is often the best way to:

  • Thicken the density of the grass
  • Improve lawn health
  • Improve the appearance of your lawn

Here, overseeding is a protective measure to prevent damage rather than a restoration tactic.

Following overseeding, the new turfgrass can resist damage from drought, diseases and lawn-damaging insects.

What does overseeding with TruGreen look like?

When you contact your nearest TruGreen business, one of our lawn care experts will carry out a detailed inspection as part of your free 14-point lawn analysis.

This will allow them to assess the condition of your lawn and establish what treatments may be needed.

Proceeding with an overseeding treatment plan with us means we will introduce a seed mix that will allow for good germination and grass establishment in the thinner areas.

You may think that focusing on specific areas could result in an uneven appearance on your lawn.

Don’t worry.

Our seed mixtures allow the newly germinating seed to blend with the established grasses.

What other processes complement overseeding?

Alongside consistency and planning, excellent lawn care needs a balanced approach.

Lawn care processes are rarely isolated.

Overseeding is no exception and is often performed alongside other treatments, including lawn aeration.

Aeration is a mechanical process in which a machine punches holes into the soil to allow oxygen, water and vital nutrients to penetrate your lawn surface and encourage optimal root growth.

As the seed is introduced, the oxygen and moisture from aeration allow for strong, even germination and grass establishment.

Then, once the seed germinates, ensure seedlings are kept moist with frequent, light watering until they become established.

As new grasses fill in any damaged or bare patches, the combination of overseeding and aeration means weeds cannot become established, leaving you with a healthier, greener lawn.

Does your lawn need overseeding?

The lawn care experts at TruGreen are equipped to achieve excellent overseeding results.

With over 40 years of experience as one of the leading experts in quality lawn care, it is no wonder lawn lovers across the UK trust TruGreen with their slice of paradise.

If your turf could benefit from overseeding needs to help it grow the extra mile, find your nearest TruGreen business to book your free 14-point lawn analysis today and start a treatment plan that suits you.