Overseeding is an important part of lawn care that will help get your lawn ready for the cooler seasons—especially if spring and summer have dealt your yard some damage. If you’re familiar with prepping your lawn for winter, you know that you shouldn’t overseed until you have mowed your lawn, but you may not know how low to cut grass before overseeding. We’ll explain that and answer a few other questions you may have about prepping to overseed.
How Low to Cut Grass Before Overseeding
For best results with overseeding, set your mower at 1.5” to 2” and give your lawn a nice trim just before spreading the new grass seed. If you still have questions about lawn care before overseeding, we’ve got you covered.
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Why Should I Mow?
If you’ve ever tried to grow your hair long, your stylist will tell you that—as backward as it may sound—regularly trimming the ends will help the hair grow. A similar principle applies to overseeding: when you want to revive your lawn, you have to mow it before spreading new seed. Taking some height off your grass—and, similarly, bagging the clippings when you’re finished—will prevent the seeds from simply sitting on top of your lawn.
Grass that’s too long won’t let the seed reach the soil. However, keep in mind that if the grass is too short, it will be easy for wind, rain, foot traffic, or animals to displace the seeds before they work their way into the ground. You need that happy medium of 1.5” to 2” to allow the seed to reach the soil and stay there.
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What if I Have Thatch in My Yard?
When overseeding, it’s crucial to have less than a quarter-inch of thatch covering any part of your lawn. Like the grass that is too tall, thatch that is too thick will prevent the new grass seed from reaching the soil. If you have thatch that’s more than a quarter-inch thick, you’ll need to strip it before overseeding.
What About Lawn Aeration?
Aeration is important for overall lawn maintenance, but it’s especially important before overseeding. It is recommended that you aerate your lawn with a core aerator around 30 days prior to spreading new grass seed, if possible. This will help keep your soil healthy when it’s time to overseed.
Remember that the best time to overseed is during the fall. Have you begun your work yet?
Let the Pros Take Care of Your Lawn
Yard work is hard work, and sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to accomplish everything. If you want someone to take care of your mowing or overseeding, the professionals at Nixa Lawn Service would be happy to help with this or any other project. We offer full-service lawn care, from weekly mowing and aerating to overseeding and irrigation. Plus, we can spruce up your landscaping with new lighting, water features, plants, trees, and more! To get started, please give us a call at 417-724-0318 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!