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Best Way to Overseed a Lawn

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If your lawn is looking thin and unhealthy, or you have crabgrass and bare spots that won’t go away, you may want to overseed it. The best way to accomplish this is with the help of the professionals at Jonathan Green.

Jonathan Green supplies genetically superior cool season grass seed, soil enhancers, fertilizer, and organic lawn and garden products to professional customers, such as sod growers and independent retailers, throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern United States.

We are also leaders in organics and have developed an environmentally sound approach to lawn care called the New American Lawn Plan. The Plan combines our Black Beauty grass seed mixtures with organic and traditional soil amendments, lawn fertilizers and control products that feed your lawn AND your soil so air, water and nutrients get absorbed by the grass.

Properly Prepare the Soil

The key to successful overseeding is having good seed-to-soil contact.  Rake out any dead grass and loosen compacted soil with a rake or garden weasel about a half-inch deep to give the new roots a good chance to grow in the loosened soil.  If your lawn area is large, consider renting a slit seeder, aerator or de-thatching machine.

If your soil has a low pH, apply MAG-I-CAL® to increase the pH level to a 6.0 to 6.8 range for optimum growth. It will also help the lawn grow greener and healthier.

This is also a great time to apply Veri-Green Lawn Food for Seeding and Sodding, our high phosphorus formula that helps build a vigorous root system and gets new grass plantings off to a fast start.

If you have a small lawn, you may be able to broadcast Jonathan Green Black Beauty® seed by hand. For larger lawns, a broadcast spreader is the best way to quickly cover a lot of ground and achieve uniform and even coverage. Make certain that the seed is slightly buried in the top soil.

Choose the Finest Grass Seed

Your lawn will never be better than the seed you plant, so we recommend overseeding with either Jonathan Green Black Beauty® Ultra grass seed mixture or Black Beauty® Fall Magic™ grass seed mixture:

Black Beauty® Ultra is most similar to what is found on sod farms.  The mixture possesses species diversity and contains exclusive, elite varieties of tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass.  These grasses grow a naturally dark-green and beautiful lawn with excellent heat and drought tolerance.  Black Beauty Ultra® grass seed germinates in about 14 days and will improve any lawn it is overseeded into.

Black Beauty® Fall Magic™ has been specially formulated for successful fall seeding and contains several grass types, including Black Beauty® tall fescues. It can be used in sun and shade lawn areas to overseed established lawns or to start new lawns from scratch. Black Beauty® Fall Magic™ repairs summer damage and provides an attractive, thicker, greener lawn, with germination in 10 to 14 days.

The best way to overseed a lawn is with the finest products from Jonathan Green. When you are ready to get started, visit us online or find your nearest independent retail store.

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