Ask a Question forum: Overseeding while straw from previous seeding in place

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Name: Random Bunny
Nov 3, 2017 12:40 PM CST
Hi good folks on the forum

I am wanting to overseed the lawn which I started on September 21. When I seeded this new lawn initially on Sept 21, I put down the straw after seeding. In about 6 weeks, the lawn has come up- thick in some areas and thin in other areas. I want to overseed the entire lawn, especially in the thin areas. My question is how do I do this while there is start already on the ground- how will new seed make contact with the ground?

Do I need to remove straw? This will be a big exercise as I really don't know how I will do this for a large area.

Also, is it too late to overseed now? I am in Indiana.

Any thoughts?
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Nov 3, 2017 2:07 PM CST
Depending on your weather , seed put down now will sprout in spring if not this fall.
If you are just putting down seed, just go ahead and spread it, heavy.
Not a good idea to put more straw down on an established lawn but rake, rough up, not rake off, ground in thin areas, spread seed.
Rake with back of rake to help it reach the ground, put more seed down and then walk on the area, or roll it.
Secret is it needs water.
Name: kathy
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
Nov 5, 2017 1:00 PM CST
I'm in zone 4b, and the window of optimum grass seeding (according to Michigan State University) is the week of August 11th for my zone. And I have had great success with that date (3,000 pounds of grass seed broadcast over many acres, Mother Nature watered). The key is to have warm soil and gentle rain. Grass seed sprouts within 5-30 days. Frozen ground is not conducive to seed sprouting.
Even though your initial seeding looks thin - it's building roots now. That grass will survive the winter because it had a head start on the cold weather.
Best of luck
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