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with Aaron Dostie

Want to learn how to avoid overseeding your lawn? Here, see tips and tricks for making sure you're not overseeding.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Overseeding Your Lawn

Tips for Avoiding Overseeding Your Lawn

Tip 1: picking the best time of year is critical for over-seeding. Two times of the year to over-seed Spring, Spring being the month of May and mid June, that is typically usually to repair winter kill damage or any lawns that are really thin and needed for the growing season. Second time of the year is September, and the reason for September is you get cool nights and 70 degree, 75 degree days perfect growing conditions. In October the further north you go if it gets late you may not get germination, the further south you go October is fine to over-seed you will get germination before you get any type of hard frost before winter sets in.

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Tip 2: is to aerate the lawn, and aerate meaning pulling any core plugs in a minimum of 2 to 3 directions. In order to find an aerator you either have to go to your local rental store or you can purchase a tow-behind, that you tow behind your lawn tractor.

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Tip 3: is to water the lawn, and in the spring it's critical that you water the lawn daily 30 to 45 minutes per section of lawn that your sprinkler will hit. In the fall you don't have to water as much because it's cooler the soil doesn't dry out and that is typically done 2-3 days a week at most for 30-45 minutes depending on the rain fall you get in the fall.

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Tip 4: is the type of seed, grass seed that you're going to purchase to over-seed. In the spring you want to purchase a grass seed that going to match the environment that the seed is being planted in, if it's shaded you're going to buy a shaded seed if it's in the full sun you can buy sun-shade mix. And that's typically going to have bluegrass, rye grass, and your phescals.

In the fall we over seed with 100% perennial rye grass mix, and the reason being we over seed with rye grass in the fall is you get germination within 5 to 7 days and it helps to get it growing before the winter comes.

Tip 5: the rate of seed you're going to broadcast after you've punched all the holes you've aerated on perennial rye grass that you're using in the fall is 5 pounds of grass seed per 1000 square feet. In the spring you’re gonna use the sun shade mix, and it's the same rate 5 pounds per 1000 square feet.

Tip 6: two to three weeks after you've broadcast all the seed the grass is probably going to be maybe an inch high, and that's when you want to hit it with starter fertilizer, you want to make sure you put it down at about a pound of phosphorous which is on the bag per 1000 square feet. Things to avoid when over seeding your lawn not putting down enough grass seed per thousand square feet, aerating and over seeding your lawn in July and August is too warm in the summer, not punching enough holes with the aerator because whatever falls in the holes is going to germinate whatever doesn't will not. The last thing to avoid is not watering your lawn in the spring, you can get away with it in the fall, but not in the spring.

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