Over Seeding is the process of adding additional seed to an existing lawn to thicken the sward and improve overall appearance. Up to 15% of a lawn can die each year and as we are constantly mowing them, they often struggle to regenerate with natural seed heads.
If your lawn has bare or thinning patches or where scarification has taken place, over seeding will be required to rejuvenate your lawn. Timing and soil contact is essential for success. For lawn over seeding to germinate successfully, there are certain factors which are crucial.
Timing: Spring and autumn when soil temperatures are warm (8oC or higher) and there is plenty of moisture in the soil.
Soil Contact: Over seeding will not be successful unless full soil contact is achieved. Simply throwing seed on top of an existing lawn, bare patch or bare thatch will not work.
Top Dressing is a fine organic based soil that is a key part of lawn renovation and repairs. It is worked into the surface of the lawn,, usually when scarification or aeration has taken place and over seeding is required. It allows for better germination and grass establishment by retaining moisture and warmth for the seed. It also speeds up recovery from the renovation.
Very few lawn care companies offer a comprehensive top dressing or total renovation service, but at Will’s Norfolk Lawns we pride ourselves on being able to bring these treatments to the domestic garden for small or even the largest lawns.