What is an Overseeder?

The Classen TS-20 turf overseeder is a multipurpose machine for seeding a new lawn or overseeding an existing lawn. The front seed drop ensures follow-up soil coverage for better seed germination. The blades are designed with a cutting edge on both ends, which doubles blade life.

An overseeder or slit seeder is usually set to only cut into the soil an inch or less. This loosens the very top of the soil a bit, and it sure racks up the thatch in a lawn, but it is doing this so that the grass seed that is being dropped will likely fall onto moist loose soil and germinate.

Also Know, can you put down too much grass seed? All plants, including grass plants, need adequate soil space for roots to spread and develop. If you put down too much grass seed, you will encourage competition that will cause your grass seedlings to struggle after germination because there will be excessive competition for sunlight, soil nutrients, and water.

Also asked, how does a grass seeder work?

Power-seeding uses a machine that slices into the lawn, cutting a slit into the soil. The grass seed is then mechanically deposited into the soil. Aeration involves removing cores of grass and soil to allow water, air and nutrients to reach plant roots.

When should I use an Overseeder?

Late summer or early fall is the best time to overseed lawns. Soil and atmospheric temperatures are most favorable for optimum seed germination and growth. With adequate moisture, fertilizer and sunlight, the new seedlings will be well established before cooler fall weather sets in.

Should I bag or mulch after overseeding?

Do not bag. Mulch your clippings. What you are hoping for is there will be no more looose seed and any that gets into the mulching mower will not become destroyed. The mulched clippings will provide some nutrients as well as help hold in water and shade the ground.

How can I thicken my lawn?

Improve Your Soil. To get the most out of every step to a thicker lawn, take a tip from lawn pros and test your soil. Overseed. Overseeding is simply sowing grass seed into existing grass to make thin lawns thick—or keep them from getting thin. Fertilize. Boost Your Lawn. Irrigate. Mow Properly. Control Weeds.

How much water should you drink after overseeding?

Water the seeded area thoroughly after seeding for no less than one half hour per area. This will both establish good soil moisture and wash the seed into the soil. 2. For the first week water three times a day, at morning to mid morning, noon and mid afternoon for 15 to 20 minutes per area.

Do you have to aerate before overseeding?

The best time to aerate your lawn is during the fall before you begin a fertilization program or decide to overseed. The aeration spikes should penetrate the soil at least 1 ½ inches deep, depending on your existing soil conditions. Run your irrigation system after the turf has been aerated.

How do you overseed in fall?

For cool-season turf, start the overseeding process by thoroughly aerating the lawn. Apply the new seed with a fertilizer spreader, following the product’s recommended coverage rate. It’s ideal when the seeds fall into the aeration holes because they won’t dry out as quickly and will germinate faster.

Why do golf courses overseed?

In golf, “overseeding” refers to a maintenance process on golf courses in which grass seed is spread on top of the existing grass to promote new growth or to swap out seasonal turfs, replacing one type of grass with another. Overseeding thus keeps a growing turfgrass available for golfers to play on.

Do I need to overseed my lawn?

The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance service recommends overseeding at least 45 days before your average first fall frost. In southern areas, overseed thinning lawns in late spring, as warm-season grasses enter active growth. For winter color, overseed southern lawns in fall.

What do you do after powering seed?

Lightly water the newly seeded lawn as soon as possible. Keep the top 1/2 inch of soil consistently moist but not soaking wet for the first three weeks after seeding. This means you apply 1/4 to 1/2 inch of water each day. Once the grass is well-established, you can water deeply once or twice a week.

Is slice seeding effective?

By creating these deep slices, the seed ends up in contact with the soil, where it will germinate best. While it’s effective, slice seeding is also one of the most intense lawn seeding methods for established lawns. In fact, a slice seeder will rip out existing plants and till up a lot of your existing healthy lawn.

How much should I charge for seeding slices?

Pricing for slit seeding is calculated based on the square-footage of the area you want to seed and the type of seed selected. For most residential lawns the costs starts around $400 and goes up from there. Slit seeding is by far the least expensive way to revive or renew your existing lawn.

Can you dethatch and aerate at the same time?

The lawn should be dethatched when it is actively growing and the soil is moderately moist. The best time of year for dethatching is the same as for aerating: early spring or early fall for cool-season grasses, and late spring through early summer (after the second mowing) for warm-season grasses.

How do you Verticut your lawn?

Verticut cold-season grasses in the fall and warm-season grasses in the spring after new growth appears. Water your lawn two days before the dethatching process. Set your lawn mower to the lowest setting for your type of grass. Locate all of your underground utility cables, sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads.