We planted some grass in the backyard in spring 2008, not too long after we moved in. Prior to that it was a densely wooded area. While the woods were nice, they left us with barely any yard and had slowly started taking over the deck area. Many of the trees had died, having been overcome by the bugs that killed most of the ash trees in Michigan. We had the dead trees removed along with many of the scrub or smaller trees. We left quite a few trees so that we still had most of the privacy yet we had more lawn and a nicer view to look out on.
Predictably, though, the remaining wooded areas meant that the grass wouldn’t get the full sun exposure that it needs to thrive. About 75% of my grass does well, but there were a few spots in the ‘new’ section that I could tell would need regular upkeep.
After three seasons, I knew that it was time to strengthen the grass, and was set to do so by overseeding the areas that were thinned out.
Overseeding is something I hadn’t heard of, but once I started reading about it, made complete sense. You are basically adding more seed to the grass to thicken it back up. Doing so will restore the lushness and the thicker grass will act as a barrier from weeds.
However, it’s not as simple as just dropping some seed down on the lawn. Nothing is ever that simple is it?