How to Prevent Lawn Overseeding

Overview

Overseeding is often done by homeowners and lawn care professionals to avoid turf species of lawn from growing in brown and to protect the lawn from heavy frost. However, overseeding can also lead to a delay in growth and create unwanted weeds in your lawn. For this reason, many homeowners might want to make sure they prevent overseeding. Many considerations must be made beforehand, but preventing overseeding is as simple as making sure to not spread more seeds than what is needed for your lawn.

Step 1

Purchase seeds that are appropriate for your soil. For example, you don't want to purchase fescue seeds for soil that is not prepared for turf grass or you could grow unnecessary patches of tall fescue weeds in your lawn.

Step 2

Measure your lawn using a laser-guided measuring tool or measuring tape to determine acreage. When purchasing your lawn seeds, make sure to only get the required amount needed per each square foot. The seeding requirements will be printed on the back of your seed package.

Step 3

Place small red flags to mark all areas where you want grass to grow. Overseeding is often caused by planting seeds in unwanted areas of a lawn or spreading them too close to trees or bushes, which can create weed growth. You can purchase such flags at your local gardening or hardware store.

Step 4

Moisten your soil and even out any clumps of soil with a rake. Planting seeds in hard portions of soil could cause flooding when you water you lawn and lead to the seeds spreading to other areas of soil.

Step 5

Purchase and use an electric seed spreader to evenly plant your seeds throughout your lawn. The spreader can be purchased at your local garden store and can be set to plant a specific amount of seeds per square feet.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never spread the seeds in your lawn by hand or you could risk overseeding by not spreading the seeds evenly.

Things You'll Need

  • Seeds
  • Red flags
  • Measuring tool
  • Rake
  • Electric seed spreader

References

  • Overseeding Cool-Season Lawns
  • Pros and Cons of Overseeding Your Lawn
  • Lawn Overseeding
Keywords: overseeding, lawn grass, seed spreader

About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.