It’s that glorious time of year. The grill is fired up for Labor Day, the temps are finally dropping to a reasonable 85–and your yard is full of patches of dead grass.

Areas of dead or matted grass in your lawn can be a result of many external factors. Most often, weather and foot traffic are the two major culprits. However, if you’re not sure how your lawn ended up so raggedy, give us a call. We can come out to inspect, diagnose, and treat whatever issues your yard is facing.

But if you already know that your lawn’s enemy is feet, animals, and the summer sun, then overseeding may be the right answer for you!

Overseeding can breathe life back into your lawn, using fresh seed to bulk up your grass. In addition to enhancing your curb appeal, overseeding is also great for the quality of your lawn. Fresh new grass will ward against weeds, many insects, drought, and the usual wear-and-tear that every good ole American lawn goes through.

Here are the three steps to overseeding your lawn this autumn:

Get the lawn ready.

For seeds to take to the ground, they need to touch it. If your grass is too tall, or your yard is covered in brush, the new seedlings won’t attach and thrive. Before you put your seed down, be sure to clear your yard.

Lay the seed.

Your method for laying seed will be determined by your equipment, your experience, and the size of your land. You can use machinery, raking, or even your own two hands.

Tend the land.

Water the seeds after you lay them, and cover them over with a thin layer of straw if there is no live grass around. Then steer clear. Wait a week or two until the seeds begin to germinate before walking on or mowing your lawn.

Got questions? Give us a call for more expert advice on keeping your lawn up to snuff.