In many parts of the country, August through November is known as Overseed Season. During this time of the year the soil reaches the ideal temperature to overseed your customer’s lawn for healthy turf during the upcoming winter months. Here’s what you need to know to have a successful and prosperous season.
Preparing for Overseeding
Once you’ve got your seed, you’ll likely need to store it for a few weeks while waiting for outdoor temperatures to cool enough. When soil temperatures are between 55-65 F you will want to complete the application process. Forecasters are predicting a warmer than average fall across much of the U.S., so you may need to pay attention to the weather to time your seed applications.
Make sure your storage facility is clean and protected from mice or rats before you bring in seed, and make sure the seed stays dry.
Tips for Application
When the weather is right, you’ll want to get all that seed applied quickly. You can ensure your applications go smoothly by having all the right tools and supplies:
1. A spring rake will be helpful to remove thatch and loosen top soil, and increase seed contact with the soil.
2. A hand crank spreader for small lawns and a push or broadcast spreader for larger areas will help spread seed evenly.
3. Seed rate is important to achieve the desired results. The general seed rates for Ryegrass is 10 - 12lbs/1,000 sq. ft. and for Fescue 6 - 8lbs/1,000 sq. ft.
4. Next, apply a seed topper or seed cover mulch to condition the soil, prevent seed movement on sloped areas, protect seed from birds and prevent seed from drying out during germination if dry or windy weather occurs.
5. Use a starter fertilizer to give those seeds a strong start. Some options include EMPRO 18-24-12, 5-20-10, 6-24-24 or 5-10-31. Consult with your local Ewing for fertilizer options for your region.
Finally, your customers who don’t want any overseeding may be interested in an application of turf colorant to keep their dormant grass a vibrant green color during the winter months. Be sure to let them know it’s an option!
Save on Seed
Ewing offers reduced seed prices with bulk orders of bags or pallets. If you can estimate the amount of seed you’ll need early enough, then placing one bulk order can help you save on the price per bag. Seed costs vary each year based on many factors.
Talk to your local Ewing branch or account manager for more details on seed order options and savings.