With spring’s arrival brings vibrant flowering of trees and shrubs along with warmer weather, you may also be starting to think about creating a lush, green oasis right in your own backyard. For Ohio homeowners looking to overseed their lawns, timing is everything. Knowing when to overseed a lawn in northeast Ohio will help ensure that you get the healthiest grass possible while avoiding common mistakes. This guide is designed to give you the information you need to plan your Ohio lawn overseeding project well and make sure that you get the best results.
When Should you Overseed?
The ideal time to overseed a lawn in Ohio is mid-August to September. This is when the summer heat has peaked and the temperatures are more moderate, making it easier for new grass seed to sprout and eventually thrive. You also want to make sure that you can adequately water the newly planted seeds, weather through irrigation or relying on a rainy forecast. If you’re unable to plant at this time, the spring months (April through May) can also work well. Just keep in mind that in springtime, weeds may be more plentiful and if you apply any pre-emergent or post-emergent weed control, the grass seed will not grow.
What Grass Types?
When overseeding your lawn, you’ll need top-quality grass seed for best results. The most popular varieties for Ohio are Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass. If you’re looking to overseed with a mix of these varieties, make sure that there is at least 30% Kentucky bluegrass in the blend. This will ensure that your lawn can withstand Ohio’s hot summers and cold winters. Learn more about choosing grass seed types here.
Pair Overseeding with Aeration
Core aeration removes small plugs of soil from the ground so that air, nutrients, and water can penetrate deeply into the root zone of the grass plants. This service pairs very well with overseeding since it opens up the soil’s surface which makes for a great growth environment for your new seeds.