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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 having the perfect landscape difficult. Hot, dry weather, pests and diseases, 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 below we discuss the benefits of overseeding lawns in spring.

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What is Overseeding a Lawn?

Overseeding is spreading grass seed over an existing lawn without turning the soil. A lawn care professional will overseed a lawn for various reasons, from correcting a thinning lawn to adding more color (creating a full green lawn) or introducing enhanced grass varieties. While overseeding is a great step to maintaining a healthy, lush lawn, like other landscaping processes, choosing the best time is crucial to success.

When Should Overseeding Be Done?

The best time to overseed your property depends on where you live. For Pennsylvanians, most of whom have cool-season grass lawns, that means overseeding 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 mid-to-late 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

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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 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?

Whether you decide on spring or fall, overseeding lawns benefits your property. As previously mentioned, overseeding is a good solution if your lawn suffers from thinning due to drought, insect, or disease damage. So, if your grass looks thin and sparse or has patches of dead 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. While overseeding grass, landscape professionals can use new grass varieties that are healthier, more disease-resistant, and deal better with stress.

In addition to making a lawn fuller and healthier, overseeding is also a great way to

maintain a uniform property without an entire renovation. Instead of having to renovate your current lawn with new sod, landscape professionals can add new seeds. Combine this with the proper watering and maintenance, and you can have a lush yard relatively quickly.

Common Questions About Overseeding

If you are considering overseeding your lawn, you may have questions about the process. Below are 3 of the most common questions people have about overseeding.

Will Overseeding Kill Weeds in Your Lawn?

Overseeding will not directly kill existing weeds but can help prevent new ones from growing.
A thick, healthy lawn with dense grass blades shades the soil, making a less hospitable environment for weed seeds to germinate.

A dense lawn also forces weeds to compete for water and nutrients. So, overseeding is a great strategy to create a thicker lawn that prevents weeds over time. However, if you already have many weeds in your lawn, we recommend treating/removing those weeds before overseeding.

How Do Lawn Overseeding and Lawn Aeration Work Together?

Overseeding and aeration are complementary lawn care techniques that create a thicker, healthier lawn. Here is a breakdown of how they relate to each other:

  • Overseeding involves spreading grass seed over an existing lawn to fill in bare patches, thicken up thin areas, and introduce new grass varieties.
  • Lawn aeration, on the other hand, loosens compacted soil by creating small holes or cores throughout the lawn. This allows air, water, and nutrients to reach the grass roots in the deeper layers of soil more efficiently, which aids healthy growth.

These two techniques work together because aeration creates openings in the soil, providing an excellent spot for grass seeds to land and germinate during overseeding. Without aeration, these new seeds might sit on top of the hard, compacted soil and fail to establish themselves. The result is improved seed-to-soil contact.

Another benefit of combining these lawn techniques is establishing strong grass roots. The loosened soil from aeration allows grass roots to grow deeper and stronger, making them more efficient at absorbing water and nutrients. This is especially beneficial for new grass seedlings trying to establish themselves.

Can Overseeding Change the Type of Grass on a Lawn?

Overseeding introduces new grass seeds to fill bare patches, thicken up thin areas, and introduce new grass varieties rather than replace the existing grass.

If you want or need a different type of grass for your lawn, a full renovation may be better than overseeding. A lawn renovation involves removing the existing sod and then seeding with a new type of grass seed or installing new sod. Contact us, and we can advise you on the ideal plan to get healthy grass and a more vibrant-looking property.

Contact Burkholder Landscape for Overseeding & Turf Care Services

Do you want to have a vibrant, healthy lawn? If so, contact Burkholder Landscape. Our team of passionate, knowledgeable landscape professionals has years of experience in turf care and our professionals are certified and trained in turf care best practices. We also offer many other services that will benefit your lawn, such as irrigation, landscape design, and more. Our sister company Burkholder PHC offers plant health care. Our history has 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.

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February Landscaping Tips From Burkholder Brothers

As the chilly winter leaves us and spring draws closer, this time of year is excellent for getting your landscape ready for the new season. Some homeowners may wait until the arrival of spring to start thinking about their lawn and landscape, but we suggest starting earlier. Thinking about lawn care and any big plans you have for your landscape now will benefit you, as you will be able to enjoy your new designs or features earlier and longer throughout the year. Here are a few February landscaping tips to help you get started.

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Our 3 February Landscaping Tips

Our February landscaping tips are meant to help you prepare your landscape for the warmer weather, milder winds, and rainy days of spring.

1. Prepare Your Lawn for Spring

The first of our February landscaping tips is to practice preventive maintenance. For example, snow and frost can cause the grass to become stiff, brittle, and susceptible to tearing if your lawn gets a lot of foot traffic while covered in snow or frost. Try to avoid walking on your lawn and use sidewalks or nearby walkways. Torn grass can cause discoloration and produces an unhealthy look.

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2. Schedule Spring Maintenance with Your Landscaping Company

Soon, your lawn and plants will be in full bloom, which means that spring maintenance is needed to keep them healthy and beautiful. Use the tail-end of winter to talk with your landscaping company and discuss a schedule for spring maintenance and lawn care. Mowing, trimming, and pruning are a few of the maintenance services Burkholder offers. In spring, cleaning up the lawn or flower beds, pre-emergent weed control, fertilization, and cutting back any perennials or grasses left standing over winter are some of the essential maintenance tasks to keep your lawn healthy. Reach out to your landscaping company to discuss how to keep your landscape lush and healthy during spring.

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3. Think about New Additions or Designs for Your Landscape

Another one of our February landscaping tips is to start thinking about new features or changes you would like to make to your landscape. The cold weather is an excellent time to begin planning so that those new features or structures you want can be added during the spring and enjoyed during the summer and fall. You can think about new plants to make your landscape more lively and vibrant, and opt to plant trees for extra shade. Some structures or hardscape features that you and your family could add include patios, fire pits, spas, or pavilions, all of which add practical benefits and value to your outdoor living space.

Contact Burkholder Brothers for Landscaping Services

If you want more February landscaping tips or are interested in landscaping services, contact Burkholder Brothers. Burkholder Brothers has been maintaining, designing and building beautiful, refined landscapes throughout the Main Line area for decades. We have a team of highly experienced and qualified landscape professionals who can keep your landscape lush, healthy, and valuable. Our account managers will work with you to realize your dream landscape, whether you are building a backyard patio or designing an elegant garden. For more information on how we can enhance your landscape, contact us today.

The Benefits of Land Grading

Do you want to build in your backyard but find that your landscape is too hilly or uneven? If so, land grading can help make your landscape smooth, even, and more usable. Burkholder Landscape can re-grade property whether homeowners want to increase the landscape’s usability, make a level area for building special features, or to mitigate drainage issues.

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Is Landscaping a Good Investment?

An immaculate landscape adds plenty of beauty and curb appeal to your home. But overall, is landscaping a good investment? While the specific value may vary, landscaping is a good investment, for an increased future sale price and for your family’s enjoyment of your landscape. From well-maintained plants to structures like pergolas, pools and spas, quality landscaping adds value to your home.

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Top 10 Reasons to Plan Your Spring Landscaping Design Projects Now

After the holidays many want to curl up and hibernate. But many homeowners looking ahead to summer, and thinking of how they can get the most out of summer months at home. Winter is the perfect time to plan for spring landscaping design projects. Burkholder Brothers Landscape has been designing and installing outdoor spaces for over 20 years and below, we discuss the top advantages to planning early.

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Local Main Line Landscaping Company, Burkholder Brothers, Brings New Life to Potter’s Nursery

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Local Main Line Landscaping Company, Burkholder Brothers, Brings New Life to Potter’s Nursery

Main Line Landscaping Company Burkholder Brothers Outdoor Living and Design CenterMalvern, Pennsylvania – March 24, 2017 – Main Line landscaping company, Burkholder Brothers, is proud to announce the opening of their Outdoor Living & Design Center. Their new showroom is located at 359 Paoli Pike in Malvern, formerly known as Potter’s Nursery and located at the intersection of Paoli Pike and Sugartown Roads.

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