Overseeding is Better Late than Never
Some time life causes distractions, and the opportunity for early season overseeding slips by before you know it. We can tell you from our 60 years of experience in the sod industry; you can be successful at overseeding and spot repairs well into October. There will be plenty of time to fix most turf problems. Overseeding in October, or as Uncle calls it “OctOverseeding,” when the days are warm, nights are cool, and soil temperatures remain above 55°, allow grass seed to sprout very quickly. Using top dressings such as sphagnum peat moss or PrimeraFC on repaired or overseeded bare soil areas will give baby roots added protection before the hard freezes of late December. Fertilize with Renovator or Golf Course Starter the same day as overseeding. This application of turf food drives the root system deep into the soil for fast establishment. At Thanksgiving, fertilize with Snowman winter root builder, and your lawn will wake up next spring thick and green with an established root system.
When is the Best Time to Overseed?
Late August to mid-October is the perfect window for fall overseeding. Mother Nature has it figured out, after two million years of overseeding the prairies, we follow her calendar. In their natural growth cycle, grass plants form seed heads and re-seed themselves. Regular mowing eliminates the seed head. Mimic Mother Nature by re-seeding in fall. Overseeding will introduce youthful vigor and genetic diversity in existing turf. The most vigorous plants survive and carry on the integrity of the stand. Overseeding with improved varieties of grass seed will create better quality turf for the future.
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Late Season Fescue Overseeding
Macho Mix turf-type tall fescue is a blend of top-performing tall fescues plus 5% turf quality perennial ryegrass. Next-generation turf-type tall fescues in Macho Mix are narrower in leaf texture, darker in color, denser growth habit, and superior disease resistance. Perennial ryegrass blended in Macho Mix gives the fastest germination in cold soils. It’s an excellent grass seed for late fall overseeding and spring spot repairs. Macho Mix is a proven performer for kid’s play areas and dog runs and is an outstanding performer for sun or shade areas. The turf-type tall fescues in Macho Mix retain great color during the winter months and provide a year-round green lawn.
Late Season Bluegrass Overseeding
Estate Mix is a blend of elite bluegrass varieties with perennial ryegrass added for quick germination in cool soils. Estate Mix is an excellent choice for late-season lawn renovating and early spring overseeding. Aggressive bluegrass varieties will fill in routine damage, and perennial ryegrass adds durability in heavy traffic areas. The distinctive combination of selected bluegrasses plus sports turf perennial ryegrass in Estate Mix will give your lawn that soft well-manicured look. Estate Mix is good for shade areas and an outstanding performer in full sun.
Is it Too Late to Overseed Today?
The answer is almost always, “No.” If you haven’t overseeded your lawn this fall, today is better than tomorrow, and tomorrow is better than next week. In fall, days get shorter, and nighttime temperatures drop. Crabgrass, foxtail, and annual grassy weeds turn yellow and fade, leaving room for turf seed to germinate in cold soils. Fall overseeding helps thicken existing turf eliminating bare spots. Next spring, if no bare spots, there will be no weeds.
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