I am new to overseeding. I just spread the seed on the lawn, and am watering it. Is that okay? Should I do something differently?




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    You get better germination of the seeds if you create a fine tilth before sowing - that means lightly digging the area,.removing stones and hard lumpy bits, to produce what looks like a fine, crumbly, even consistency of soil - makes it easier for the seedlings to root into.
    – Bamboo
    Oct 19, 2014 at 17:47
  • Where are you located? Here in central Ohio, I dormant overseed with amazing results. The repeated freezing and thawing caused the soil to heave and seed work down throughout winter into the soil. Add a wet spring and presto. I also like to aerate AFTER overseeding. The plugs will break down and help to cover the seeds.
    – Evil Elf
    Oct 21, 2014 at 12:58

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The soil quality looks okay. Because you already seeded, I'd say just keep it damp until germination. It's pretty simple. If you want, you can fertilize with something suitable for young grass before winter (lower nitrogen requirement, and preferably accessible calcium). I use 6-12-6 + Solu-Cal. This step isn't entirely necessary, but gets the new grass established much faster.

And the seeding job looks okay, knowing that you really can't work the soil much before overseeding. But it looks like you've top dressed with topsoil, so you probably could've worked out more of the lumps first. That way you can lightly rake in the seed, and it will germinate more uniformly. But as I said, as the job is done, watering, and possibly fertilizing, is all that's necessary.

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