Are you not happy dealing with sections of your lawn looking bare, patchy, or unlike the rest of your lawn? Turn to RYAN Lawn & Tree to provide professional overseeding to your lawn. Our team will recommend the right type of turfgrass to match your current lawn and climate. Seeding a lawn is tough work. It is a lot of manual labor to work the seed into the soil, so it has the best chance to germinate.
We use aerators and/or verticutters to incorporate the seed into the soil so it will germinate better. We also apply a starter fertilizer enhanced with the correct nutrient ratio and specialized plant-based hormones to maximize establishment and growth. Finally, we will provide helpful instructions on how to water and care for your newly seeded lawn for optimal performance.
The first defense against weeds is thick, healthy turf. Unfortunately, tall fescue doesn’t spread out across the lawn. If it becomes damaged from heat, drought, disease, traffic, dogs, utility trenching, whatever; it will not spread out and fill in those damaged areas. The only way to thicken up the lawn is to reseed it. Almost every lawn has an area that needs some reseeding every year, whether you live in Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Omaha, Overland Park, Springfield, MO or Wichita, KS.
Seeding your lawn protects the environment. If you see spots on your lawn, you should be seeding it. Bare spots allow for soil erosion or for weeds to spring up. Soil erosion is the leading cause of nutrient pollution in our lakes, streams, waterways, and oceans. Do your part to prevent soil erosion by having a thick healthy lawn by seeding it.
The best time to seed cool-season grasses like tall fescue or Kentucky bluegrass is during the Fall (mid-August to mid-October), because the soil is still warm, the fall rains have arrived, and fewer weeds germinate during this season. Seeding within this timeframe in Kansas City, Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma also gives your grass all of the Fall, Winter, and Spring to mature before the Summer heat returns.
Even though fall is the best time to seed, you don’t wait until fall weather arrives. Seed when you have bare thin spots. You can seed in the spring and be successful, it just means your lawn might require some extra love and care, and water during the hot summer months.
Another option is called Dormant Seeding. Dormant seeding is when you seed your area over the winter (December-March). Simply sprinkle the seed to the areas that need thickening up over the winter. The freezing and thawing of the soil will help improve seed-to-soil contact and allow the seed to easily absorb water. Once the soils warm up in the early spring, the seed will germinate and grow. It is a great way to seed areas that don’t have a sprinkler system, especially in most parts of Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.
One caution though. Dormant lawn seeding is a gamble. It depends on late winter and spring moisture to be successful. If we don’t get enough snow, or spring rains, the dormant seed will not germinate properly. But the rewards of a thick beautiful lawn, usually outweigh the risks and chance of a dry spring.