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What is Overseeding?
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New lawns are created by tilling, leveling, and removing debris from the soil. This process creates a clean seed bed into which the seed is planted. But what about existing lawns, lawns in which the grass is established, but in which there are areas in need of reseeding. Conventional seeders do not work well in situations like this because they cannot get the seed into the sod. Conventional seeders are designed to plant seed into soil that is well prepared, not into soil that is compacted or full of plant matter.

Overseeding inserts the seed into the sod with minimal disturbance to the sod. Blades in the seeder cut a thin groove in the sod; the seed is planted in the groove, and the sod then closes back up. The sod provides a better medium for the seed to germinate than a standard soil-only seed bed because sod does not erode, it holds moisture longer and, because you are not tilling when you overseed, the weed seeds are not disturbed and whole generation of weeds is avoided.

Best of all, is that you can have your lawn reseeded and rejuvenated easily and inexpensively by overseeding.

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This is a view of our Befco overseeder from below. You can see the blades that spin, cutting grooves in the sod into which the seed is planted. The blades are 2.8 inches apart from each other.
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This lawn was a good candidate for overseeding: it had good sod, for the most part, but areas of dead grass, weeds, or thin grass. We overseeded this in the fall; by the following late spring, it looked great.