Grass & Grass Seed
Thicken Your Lawn by Overseeding
The weather, kids, and pets can be tough on your lawns. By applying grass seed over an existing lawn, you can help fill in bare spots and reinvigorate your lawn.
The weather, kids, and pets can be tough on lawns. Lack of water, too much heat, wear & tear, and other problems can make it look worn and thin. You can help reinvigorate your lawn by overseeding. In the north, spring and fall give you the ideal conditions for cool-season grass seed: cooler temperatures and more moisture. In the south, late-spring through mid-summer provide ideal conditions for warm-season grass seed. The following are simple steps to overseed your lawn.
- Choose the Best Seed for Your Area
Choose a highest quality grass seed that works for your location. If you live in the north, a cool-season grass mix, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Sun & Shade Mix® is a versatile mix. There are also cool season mixes available for shade, high traffic, and sunny areas. Scotts® Turf Builder® Heat-Tolerant Blue® Mix is great if you live in the northern transition zone. It's a blend of tall fescue and Scotts® patented Thermal Blue® Kentucky bluegrass that has been bred to withstand heat and drought. If you live in the south, choose a warm-season grass type that works best for your area, like Scotts® Turf Builder® Zoysiagrass or Scotts® Turf Builder® Bermudagrass.
- Prepare the Area
Before overseeding your lawn, you should mow your lawn short and bag the clippings. This will allow the seed to come into contact with the soil when you spread it.
Use a Scotts® spreader to spread your seed. Be sure to set your spreader to the setting listed on the bag of grass seed. When you're done, it's essential to give the seeds a good soaking to get them growing.
When you're done spreading the seed, it's essential to water your lawn to get your seeds growing. Mist your lawn frequently, once or twice per day, until the new seedlings have reached the height of your existing lawn.
You can continue to mow your lawn as needed, but try to limit the activity on your lawn until your new seedlings have reached a mowing height.