So it's time. Either you've got big brown patches of dirt that need filled, or your yard needs a little "improvement." This spring, several homeowners will break out the extra grass seed and overseed their lawns in hopes of covering up the dog spots, neglected areas, or even areas of high foot traffic in the yard. And while fall is typically the preferred time to seed your lawn, those who grow grass in early spring have found success, too.
Overseeding your Lawn in Spring
This spring, to seed your lawn, first rake up the extra leaves the thatch from your yard. This will begin to aerate the soil, and loosen it up for grass roots to grow. You might also consider aearing your entire yard if your soil is heavily compacted. This will allow oxygen to get into the soil, and for your grass to grow better.You want to make sure the temperatures have started to warm up, but not too much to the point that the soil is already dried and compacted. The ideal temperature for your soil when planting grass seed in spring is 40-45 degrees. You'll want to make sure the soil can be raked up enough to cover the new seedlings. Make sure you plant when the risk of snow or freezing has passed, but before the hot summer days are here.
Overseeding your Springtime Yard
If you have a few patches of grass you're looking to overseed, it's easy to grow grass on your own. Remove the area from any debris, and rake up the soil. A garden tool, aerating tool or hoe also work well to break up the soil. Make sure the soil is free of acidity for checking for moss growth, and add lime, if needed. Sprinkle grass seed in the area, and then add a fertilizer, too. Many homeowners have found it helpful to then cover up the grass seed with hay or moss to prevent the seeds from traveling. Keep an eye on the area, and make sure it stays watered.