Mowing after Overseeding: How Long Should I Wait?


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A lawn enthusiast knows timing is everything, so it’s no wonder you’re curious to know the timing for mowing after overseeding. Find out what you should be doing the first two weeks after seeding to encourage a successful lawn.

Mowing after Overseeding: A Timeline

Day 1: Overseed

Overseeding is as simple as it sounds. Choose your grass seed type and spread more than normal across the parts of your lawn that you’d like to see healthier in the springtime. You will have the most success with your overseeding if you combine the process with aerating.

Days 1 through 3: Water, water, water!

The seeds need plenty of water to thrive; much more than normally needed throughout the year. This might be once or twice a day, depending on the weather. Make sure you thoroughly water all of the overseeded areas, keeping the top 1/4 inch of soil moist. You can resume your normal watering schedule of longer, less frequent waterings after these first few days.

Day 7 through 10: Mow

The best thing you can do for your grass after overseeding is give it rest, and your mower causes a lot of unrest. That’s why it’s smartest to wait around a week, or more if possible, to allow the new seeds to settle. Some experts consider seven to 10 days a conservative option, suggesting that four days should be enough. This may be true, but when possible, it’s always the safest bet to err on the side of caution. Whenever it is you decide to pull out your mower, we encourage you to have it on the longest height.

Want Your Best Yard Yet This Year?

The lawn professionals at Green Lawn Fertilizing know the ins and outs of overseeding. We’re here to help you achieve a beautiful yard. Call us today at 888-581-5296 for more tips and tricks to keep your lawn looking its best.