Fall is the best time to aerate and over-seed. This optional service will help bring your lawn back to life. This is probably the most Chesapeake-Bay-Friendly way to STOP unwanted runoff. It is recommended you over-seed every year. The ‘Real Lawn’ recommendation when renovating a severely damaged lawn or over-seeding an existing one, is that it’s best to use a high-quality, certified Tall Fescue seed. In general, it’s best to over-seed with a blend or mixture of seed, rather than a single cultivar. A ‘cultivar’ is a cultivated variety developed for its positive attributes (be it color, drought tolerance, spring green-up, disease resistance, etc.) A ‘Blend’ is two or more cultivars of a single species and a ‘mixture’ is a combination of two or more species that should be similar in color, texture, and growth habit.
The over-seeding MUST be combined with dethatching, aeration, a pH adjustment, starter fertilizer, removal of thatch, hard rake to break up aeration plugs and TWO solid weeks of watering.
The best time for the over-seeding seeding a lawn in Maryland is between August 15 and October 15. Lawns that are over-seeded later in the fall may fail because the new grass may not produce sufficient growth to survive the winter. If seeding cannot be done by October 30 in northern and western Maryland, it is best to postpone the job until spring. The earlier in the spring the over-seeding can be made (preferably March), the better the chances of success.
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