Should I Over-Seed or Fertilize My Lawn in the Spring?

Published on: April 2, 2018

Every spring, many homeowners look out at their lawn and decide this is the year to get the lush grass they desire. They head to the home improvement store or garden center to buy fertilizer, seed and other products to get the lawn they envision in their minds. After spending the money and time to fertilize and seed their lawn in the spring, come summer, they are still unhappy with the thickness of their lawn. What went wrong?

Seeding or Over-Seeding

While over-seeding can improve the thickness of your lawn and even help choke out weeds when you over-seed, spring is not the best time to do this option. Fall is a better time to over-seed, giving it time to germinate and take hold over the fall and winter. While you can seed in spring, the new grass often is competing with the other grasses and may not give you the results you want.


Fertilizing may not harm your lawn in the spring, but too much can cause issues when it comes to maintenance and weed control. Too early and you would be in for a long season of mowing your lawn every week. Too much fertilizer can cause excessive weed growth; weeds like to be fed too and can quickly outgrow your grass. A light fertilizing in the spring is recommended with a heavier one in late fall.

So, what can you do in spring to help your lawn for summer? Raking away debris or aeration can be helpful to give your lawn the nutrients, moisture and air it needs to thrive. Weed control is important – spring is the perfect time to treat your lawn with weed control agents. To find out the best options to give your lawn a head start this spring, call your local landscaper. They can perform a spring tune-up on your lawn to give you a healthy start before summer.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040

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