What is Overseeding?
So, what exactly does it mean to ‘overseed’ your lawn? When you overseed your lawn you are simply attempting to thicken your grass, reduce weeds, and improve your lawns appearance by adding more grass seed. This is accomplished by adding more grass seed directly to your lawn. You can do this by using a broadcast spreader and spread 2-3 pounds per 1,000 square feet on your lawn after aeration or by using a mechanical slit-seeder.
How to Overseed your Lawn?
At 3 Bears Landscaping, we use a slit-seeding method with a mechanical slit-seeder to overseed your lawn. This is the best method because the machine will use knives to cut into the dirt giving an even seed bed and ensuring that the seeds are implanted into the soil instead of just laying on top of your grass. The slit-seeding machine will allow the seed to penetrate the soil and assist with faster germination of the seeds. For maximum results, we recommend you dethatch your lawn and aerate your lawn before you overseed using a broadcast spreader or use a slit-seeding machine. We have articles about both dethatching and aerating your lawn in our blog archives. We are happy to put together an aeration/dethatching/overseeding package for you based on your lawns needs. Below are the benefits of using a slit-seeding machine.
Benefits of Slit-Seeding
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Why Dethatch your Lawn?
In Minnesota we are hit hard with extreme weather year after year. Season after season your lawn breaks down organic compound (thatch) that inhibits growth, beauty, and overall health. In order to maintain a healthy lawn in Minnesota it’s important to manually maintain it with proper organics, aeration, dethatching, and fertilization. By dethatching your lawn you are physically removing the brown decay and roots that are keeping your lawn from looking its best! Excess thatch can make your lawn look brown and unhealthy. It also can be a breeding ground for lawn diseases if there is too much thatch on your lawn.
Benefits of Dethatching Your Lawn
How to Dethatch your Lawn?
Now that we know the why let’s talk about the how. At 3 Bears Landscaping we are happy to come to your home and evaluate your lawn dethatching needs. We use special heavy equipment to get the job done right the first time. We will use a lawn dethatcher to remove all of your access thatch, rake up the debris, and remove it for you. We will then fertilize and reseed your lawn if you would like. This will instantly promote growth and health to your lawn. We can dethatch your lawn anytime during the spring, summer, or fall but prefer to do it during the spring when your lawn is recovering from the winter snow cover. We also recommend lawn dethatching every other year. The dethatcher machine will cut through the thatch with metal blades bringing the thatch to the top of your lawn. We will then rake up the excess thatch and remove it from your lawn. If you’ve never dethatched your lawn before expect a good amount of thatch to surface. It can be physically demanding to dethatch your lawn manually with a dethatching rake. Dethatching can also be hard on your lawn if done incorrectly causing damage that can take months to repair. Ask yourself if you’re up to the challenge of dethatching your lawn. If you are up the challenge that’s great! If not, let 3 Bears Landscaping bring your lawn back to life with dethatching!
By: Nicole Casey
So, What is Lawn Aeration?
Lawn Aeration is an almost mid-evil practice in theory as little pitch fork spikes that are thrust into your lawn pulling out plug-like cylinders from the soil (don’t worry they will repair themselves in a week with new white roots). The newly formed holes will allow your lawn to breathe in and out oxygen much easier making it healthier, softer, and nutrient-rich. The missing plugs in your lawn will give your lawn new life and will improve the root quality. With improved root quality comes a greener grass, softer soil, and neighborhood envy.
Let’s go over the technical benefits of lawn aeration:
Don’t have a lawn aeration machine lying around the garage? Not to worry, at 3 Bears Landscaping we have all of your lawn aeration needs covered. The best time for lawn aeration in Minnesota is in the autumn or the spring due to cool temperatures and minimal weed growth. Please give us a call we will develop a plan for your lawn!
By: Nicole Casey
Ah, the age old question of seeding your lawn vs sodding your lawn. What is a homeowner to do? Your lawn has probably seen better days and you need to make a decision on how to improve it and fast (BBQ season is right around the corner, after all)! We all want that luscious, green, weed-free grass that our neighbors will envy. The question is, how do we get it? Sadly, the answer is usually starting from scratch. So, say your farewells to your old lawn and let’s dig in!
Your decision on how to repair or replace your lawn starts with a few things: your budget, your time frame, your knowledge, and how much work you want to do yourself.
Seeding is a less expensive option overall but takes much longer to get that beautiful lawn you’ve been dreaming of every night. Seeding your lawn from scratch in Minnesota is generally advised in the late summer or early fall. This means you have to look at a lawn you may not like all spring and into the summer and start seeding later in the season. Another benefit of seeding your lawn vs sodding your lawn is grass choice. In Minnesota you have several seed options for our climate. For example, you can choose between Kentucky bluegrass, a fine fescue and perennial ryegrasses. You can also mix and match these seed types based on sunny and shaded areas in your lawn. When seeding, you also have to keep in mind watering your little seedlings so they will germinate and produce that gorgeous end result. It may take 6-12 weeks of watering before your lawn is mature enough to fend for itself.
Sodding is a great alternative to seeding because your lawn is ready to enjoy much faster. There’s no waiting for the grass to germinate and grow, that work was done for you on the farm- hence the added cost. There is some initial maintenance with sodding but much less maintenance than seeding. Here are some things to keep in mind: You want to use FRESH SOD! Make sure that the pieces of sod were cut less than 24 hours before delivery. It will take a few days of watering the fresh sod before the roots have established and another two-three months before your lawn is 100% established. You will have less options for your sunny and shady parts of your lawn with sodding as typically one grass type is purchased and used on your entire lawn. To offset this you won’t have to worry about weeds right away as the grass is weed-free right off the delivery truck. This more expensive option is less maintenance-intensive will be ready to use and look beautiful right away.
To Sum it Up- Should you Seed or Sod Your Lawn?
The benefits of seeding your lawn vs sodding your lawn comes down to two important things; money and time. There is never a perfect catch-all answer but by scheduling a consultation with 3 Bears Landscaping, we can assess your lawn and your concerns and develop and plan that fits your budget and your time frame.