The Breath of Life: Overseeding and Inground Irrigation

Spring is the season of new life, fresh blossoms … and renewed lawn care. Unfortunately, Ottawa winters aren't friendly to vulnerable lawns. You may begin to see as many dead patches of grass as living patches. Fortunately, Nutri-Lawn Ottawa offers solutions with inground sprinkler systems and overseeding. With these, you can revitalize your lawn to get it looking green, luscious, and beautiful. Read on to find out how inground irrigation and overseeding can help you.

What is overseeding?
Overseeding is the process of cultivating new seed in dead patches of your lawn. By introducing a fresh, healthy grass seed blend, you strengthen your lawn. This protects it against disease and insect damage, and reduces the amount of fertilizer you need to add to your lawn. Overseeding also ensures your grass's roots are getting the water from your Nutri-Lawn inground sprinkler system. Because of this, you won't need to water your lawn as often in order to make sure your grass is getting the 1 to 2 inches of water it requires.

Overseeding generally makes your lawn look nicer, and be healthier. Dead brown patches are rough and ugly, which doesn't make for an ideal lawn for the children to play in, nor does it paint a nice view from the deck.

What is the process of overseeding?
Overseeding begins with removal of the old, dead grass. From there, the area is prepared by mixing up the soil and adding fertilizer. If you compost then now is the perfect time to bring out that homemade fertilizer to be mixed into the soil. The area is levelled out, and the grass seed applied with a thin covering of topdressing.

The topdressing is an important step in making sure the seed doesn't blow away in heavy winds. Topdressing also makes sure that your new seed retains the moisture provided by Nutri-Lawn inground sprinkler systems. Keeping your seed moist and well fed is essential in recreating a healthy lawn.

Use your inground irrigation
As mentioned, you'll need to keep your new seed moist in order to keep it happy. Your inground sprinkler system will come in handy here. Talk to a Nutri-Lawn Ottawa expert about how much your inground irrigation should water your lawn each day to help your seed grow. You'll want to avoid overwatering as much as under watering.

Overseeding is normally done in the rainy seasons of spring or fall to guarantee health, so your inground sprinkler systems may not need to do as much work as you think. Invest in inground irrigation with a rain sensor to take the work out of guessing if your lawn needs more water or not.

Practice effective lawn care and inground irrigation
Maintaining the seed after it has germinated and begun to grow is just as important as the initial process of overseeding. Allow your new grass to grow to approximately 10 cm before you think of mowing. If you cut it too soon, you'll weaken the already vulnerable grass. You may even cut it too short, which makes it harder for the grass to reach for water.

Once your lawn is luscious and full again, go back to your irrigation schedule of 1 to 2 inches a week, a regular mowing routine of taking off 1/3 of the blade each time, and aerating once or twice a year.

Are you ready to rejuvenate your lawn this spring with a Nutri-Lawn Ottawa inground sprinkler system? Contact Nutri-Lawn Ottawa today for your complimentary quote.