• Overseeding - What is it and why is it important?


    Some experts say this one step will do more to improve the quality of your lawn than almost anything else you can do. 

    The concept of overseeding lawns as part of a regular maintenance has been around for years, but it is still new to many homeowners. 

    The practice of overseeding lawns is really nothing more than spreading grass seed over an existing lawn. The golf industry has been doing it since the sport began and is an important step in maintaining quality turf. Knowing how to do it correctly is the key. 5 Star Lawnscaping does it right!


    Understanding Grass Growth

    A lot of cool season grasses are bunch type grasses. As the name sounds, they grow in a bunch, but growth habits are largely misunderstood. When lawn grass seed germinates, a single grass blade emerges. The grass crown, at the plant’s center, have roots growing down from the crown and the blades growing up. Grass plants expand as new grass blades, called tillers, develop and grow along side the original crown. Hundreds of new tillers can develop, each having its own crown, roots and blades. A blade of grass has a short lifespan of about 6 weeks and must continually produce new tillers or the grass thins out.


    Why is Overseeding lawns Necessary?

    After several years, mature plants begin to slow down their reproduction rate. Since a blade of grass lives only an average of 45 to 60 days, production of new tillers must continually outpace the dieback of older leaves. Young grass will produce tillers faster than older grass. Therefore, one of the most important secrets to maintaining a healthy, thick lawn is to make sure your grass is young. (Nick Christians, PhD, Iowa State University) 

    The practice of overseeding lawns is one of the easiest ways of keeping grass young.


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