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Thinking of Over-Seeding Your Lawn This Spring?

By February 20, 2018April 9th, 2020Lawn Care

First of all, know that over-seeding is always a good idea.  When combined with aeration the results are typically outstanding.

However, there are a few things you should know that will be critical to having success.

For this reading, I will assume you are a homeowner and live in Northwest Indiana where cool-season grasses prevail. The most common cool season turf grasses in Indiana are Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass.

When over-seeding, you will ideally want a blend of 60% Kentucky Blue and 40% Perennial Rye. A 50% 50% Blend is also acceptable.

Here’s the most important consideration and detail.  Cool-Season grasses actively grow in the late spring and early fall.  For over-seeding In the Spring, temperatures should be in the 68-77 degree range for optimal results and germination. Perennial Rye will typically germinate in a few weeks and Kentucky Blue usually takes 3 to 4 weeks.  

Timing is everything for great results.  Plan ahead.  Watch the temperatures. Hire a professional.

Jim Mercon

CEO, Nature Cuts Inc.

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