What is Over-Seeding?

Over-seeding is the process of applying a matching grass seed to a lawn, to improve the sward density and to compensate for grass decline.

In most instances, lawns require over-seeding because of sparce areas or bare patches, usually caused by foot traffic over a period of time.

What Are the Benefits of Over-Seeding My Lawn?

  • Improves sward density
  • Allows grass type consistency to be improved
  • Helps prevent moss and weeds from establishing as easily
  • Much more cost effective than re-turfing lawn areas

When Should I Over-Seed My Lawn?

Over-seeding can be completed throughout most of the year, except in extreamly cold conditions and drought. We often recommend over-seeding after scarification has been completed during spring or autumn, as our machines create ideal grooves for the seed to establish in and make soil contact with.

How Often Should I Over-Seed My Lawn?

Over-seeding is recommended once a year. Annual over-seeding compensates for the natural slow-down of the turf’s reproduction rate. The major benefits of over-seeding your lawn annually are that it ensures your lawn stays thick and dense. Areas that have become sparse will become thick and lush again, and this in turn helps deter moss and weeds from establishing.


Seeding Programmes from Lawn Master

All of our seeds can be mixed with your lawn to improve and change the content of your existing grass types.

  • Special Coated Seeds – Intelligent Seed: Intelligent seed is the first system of it’s kind to coat seed with full strength fertiliser, which is designed to kick-start post-germinative growth. This nourishes only the new plant, and not the existing sward or any weeds that may be present during the over-seeding process.
  • Rye-Grass Lawns: Rye-grass is a particularly hardwearing grass type. It can be relatively problem-free if it is well nurtured and maintained regularly.
  • Fine-Fescue: Fine-fescue grass can be more problematic. It is susceptible to lawn diseases such as Red Thread and can change colour and become very spongy when it is walked on. If you are not sure what type of grass you have, then please arrange a free quotation and analysis.
  • Shaded Lawn Grass: Shaded lawn grass types are known for being very poor quality. However, more recently it has become a developed cultivar that grows and survives in shaded situations. Please ask if you have shaded areas that may benefit from specialist shaded seed types.
  • Drought-Resistant Grass: We can also offer drought-resistant seed. This grass type can survive longer and recover very quickly after prolonged periods of drought.

Lawn Master can over-seed your lawn with a range of different grasses, using a variety of methods, including the use of specific spreaders and drill seeder machines.


How Long Do Seeds Take to Germinate?

Germination timescales can very considerably depending on weather conditions and the amount of rainfall. Watering via a hosepipe will be required if no rain occurs for a period of time, as the seed must be kept damp regularly for it to germinate.