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Is Overseeding Lawns in Spring Ideal?

Every homeowner wants to keep their lawn looking full and beautiful, but sometimes issues arise to make that difficult. Hot, dry weather, pests and disease, and many other factors can leave lawns looking thin and unhealthy. When those problems occur, overseeding is a solution that can help mitigate and prevent some of the issues homeowners face. But when is the best time to overseed a lawn, and why? Spring is an ideal time, and we will also show you the many benefits of overseeding lawns in spring.

What is Overseeding?

Overseeding is the process of spreading grass seed over an existing lawn without turning the soil. Landscape professionals overseed for various reasons, from correcting a thinning lawn to adding more color or introducing enhanced grass varieties. While overseeding is an essential part of maintaining a healthy, lush lawn, like other landscaping processes, choosing the best time is crucial to success.

Why Overseed Lawns During Spring?

The best time to overseed your property depends on where you live, and for Pennsylvanians, that means overseeding lawns in spring. Spring brings favorable conditions for the new turf seeds. During spring, the soil retains moisture well enough and is warm enough to support germination. The weather is also more temperate than in summer, which is ideal for newly planted, tender grass to develop and grow. Grass will also get plenty of sunlight, since your trees will likely have fewer leaves than in summer.

If you decide to overseed your lawn during spring, reach out to a turf care professional as early as possible to give the grass the most time to grow before the hot, dry summer kicks in. Fall is another option for overseeding, as the environmental conditions needed for proper turf growth (cooler air, moist soil, sunlight) are suitable. Summer and winter are generally poor times to start overseeding, as the temperatures are too extreme and can be a detriment to the new grass.

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What Are The Benefits of Overseeding Lawns in Spring?

Overseeding lawns in spring offers benefits to your property. As previously mentioned, overseeding is a good solution if your lawn suffers from thinning, whether from drought, insect, or disease damage. So if your grass looks thin and sparse or has patches with very little grass, overseeding can make your lawn thicker, fuller, and healthier.

The newly planted grass seeds can also prevent future issues. If a lawn looks bare, thin, or has a brown color, the grass may be stressed and vulnerable to pests and diseases. During overseeding, landscape professionals will use new varieties of grass that are healthier and more resistant to disease and that deal better with stress. So when a homeowner opts to have their lawn overseeded, those new seeds can prevent thinning or disease.

In addition to making a lawn fuller and healthier, overseeding is also a great way to have a uniform property without an entire renovation. Instead of having to renovate your current lawn with new sod, landscape professionals can add new seed, along with the proper watering and maintenance, and you can have a lush yard relatively quickly.

Contact Burkholder Brothers for Overseeding & Turf Care Services

Do you want to have a vibrant, healthy lawn? If so, contact Burkholder Brothers. Our team of passionate, knowledgeable landscape professionals has years of experience in turf care. Our professionals are certified and trained in best practices for turf care. We also offer many other services that will benefit your lawn, such as plant health care, irrigation, landscape design, and more. Our history is filled with many examples of working with Main Line area residents to beautify their properties. For more information on overseeding lawns in spring or our services, request a free consultation today.