All cool season grass should be overseeded each fall to keep it thick and lush. Unlike warm season grass, fescue, rye and bluegrass don’t spread. Seeding it each fall will insure that your shade grass stays nice and thick.
If you are inclined to do it yourself, please see our "How to Seed Fescue" page for step-by-step instructions.
Many areas that we service are in a transitional zone, which means that it’s really too hot for the shade grass. It will look nice in the spring, but when the heat of summer hits it, some of it will die back, which makes fall overseeding that much more important.
If you do your own overseeding, be sure you choose a grass seed appropriate for your area. Check with a sod producer in your town to see what they recommend - they should know, since they grow it! All overseeding should be done in mid to late September or early October. Shade grass’ growing season begins in the fall. Seeding in the spring is discouraged because the new grass won’t have enough time to develop a good root system before the heat of the summer, and you will lose a lot of it. Also, if you seed in the spring, you will be unable to apply pre-emergents to those areas and may have a weed problem.
Currently, we offer Fall Aeration and Overseeding in the Tulsa, Memphis, Huntsville, AL, and Springdale, AR areas. If you have shade grass in your lawn, and don’t want to do the fall overseeding yourself, please call us for a free estimate. We usually do overseedings in mid to late September.
We will select the best type of seed for your area, mechanically aerate your shade areas, and seed those areas. The mechanical aeration helps incorporate the seed into the soil.
THE OVERSEEDING PROCESS
If you decide to have us do your overseeding, your participation will be necessary to insure the success of your new grass seedlings. We will ask you to do the following:
Water heavily a day or two before we come out, in the absence of rainfall. This will allow the aeration machine to work more smoothly. Mow your lawn, because it will be several weeks until you are able to mow again.
After we have aerated and overseeded:
WATER - Please keep your newly-seeded areas moist for 3 weeks. Water lightly (5-10 minutes) at least once per day, up to 3 times per day. If it’s windy and/or still warm, it will dry out more quickly. If the seed dries out, it will not germinate. If newly-germinated seedlings don’t get water, they will die quickly. After mowing, you may return to a normal watering schedule.
GERMINATION - Seed should begin to germinate in about 7-10 days. All of the seed will not germinate at once. Maximum germination will not occur until mid-February of next year.
KEEP LEAVES OFF – Fescue must have sunlight to do well next year. When the leaves are off the trees in the winter, fescue is busy using sunlight to build carbohydrate reserves (by photosynthesis) to get through the hot summer coming up. Please keep leaves off of the seeded areas, before germination and after. A blower is best for this until the seed is up and it’s been mowed. Please do not use a rake on the seed or new seedlings.
KEEP TRAFFIC OFF – Please keep heavy traffic off your newly seeded areas. If dogs or children are present, you may want to rope off the area until it is established.
MOWING – When your new grass is about 2-2 ½” tall, it’s okay to mow. Try to mow carefully, so that the wheels aren’t gouging in when you turn. You might want to bag the clippings to more easily keep the leaves off of it.
If you have any questions or need more information, please feel free to call us or email!