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When to Overseed Lawn in Virginia

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If you are frustrated with your lawn in Virginia and want to improve its look and quality, find out when is the best time to overseed it from the experts at Jonathan Green, and discover how properly feeding both your lawn and soil will create a neighborhood showpiece!

Jonathan Green has been growing beautiful lawns for six generations, ever since 1881 when our English ancestor and founder Jonathan Green experimented with different grasses and combinations of “grass families” in an attempt to improve the quality of bowling green turf, eventually constructing lush greens in towns all over northern England.

Today, we are a major supplier of grass seed, organics, and turf products to both the independent retailer and professional lawn care markets and breed genetically superior turf grasses, such as those found in our Black Beauty grass seed mixtures. Our products will transform your lawn and help it thrive.

Overseeding Your Virginia Lawn

Overseeding, also called reseeding, means adding more grass plants to an existing lawn without removing the turf or the soil. It will increase the lawn’s thickness and density, protect it against damage from insects and diseases, and help you achieve a lush and vibrant lawn.

In Virginia, early fall is the best time to overseed your lawn. Soil temperatures in the fall are still warm, which promotes optimum seed germination, and cooler air temperatures are better for grass growth. Warm-season weeds are also much less active at this time of year.

With the right amount of moisture, fertilizer, and sunlight, your new grass will have two to three months to establish itself before lower winter temperatures stop its growth.

Choosing a Grass Seed

All grass seeds are not the same. For the best results, you will need to choose a grass seed that is appropriate for the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as one of high quality.

We recommend overseeding your Virginia lawn with either Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed or Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed :

  • Black Beauty® Ultra Grass Seed 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 Grass Seed 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 on established lawns or to start new lawns from scratch. Black Beauty® Fall Magic Grass Seed repairs summer damage and provides an attractive, thicker, greener lawn, with germination in 10 to 14 days.

If you have children and/or pets, you may want to invest in Jonathan Green’s Black Beauty® Heavy Traffic Grass Seed, which is a hardy mixture designed for tough areas with hard foot traffic. If you don’t get a lot of sunshine, Black Beauty® Dense Shade Grass Seed may be the way to go.

When you’re ready to overseed your lawn in Virginia, we encourage you to read our Seeding Guide for additional information and then visit Jonathan Green online or find your nearest retail store. We’ve been growing beautiful lawns since 1881!

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