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Over Seed - why and how

Over Seed - why and how to

Sowing new seed into an existing lawn will rejuvenate a lawns colour and texture.


Over seeding is the introduction of new grass seed into a lawn a technique used by professional groundskeepers.

Why Over Seeding?

Application of new grass seed will enhance the lawn through:

  • More desirable species becoming more prevalent
  • Introduce more uniformity.
  • Improves resistance to drought, wear, disease and moss invasion.
  • To help fill in gaps and thin areas.
  • A species exchange programme enables you to change the type of grass seed mix within your lawn.

When to Over Seed?

For best results, over seed in the spring or autumn period.

If your prepared to water,  like a groundsman would on a professional playing surface, you can seed from Spring through to Autumn, but will need to provide sufficient water for the seed to germinate and establish. Preparation and watering are key to success.

Watering doesn't cost that much, even if your on a meter.

How Seed Germinates

Germination of grass seed begins when sufficient temperatures are present and adequate moisture is available. The radicle (primary root) is the first structure to emerge from the embryo, followed by the coleoptile (primary shoot). Green leaf tissue emerges to begin the photosynthetic process, this provides energy for successful establishment of the emerging plant.

Maintenance before / during over seeding

  • Ensure that sufficient temperature and water is available
  • Pre-seed preparation is vital (reduce thatch and competition, create a seed-bed) and give new seedlings the best opportunity to establish (sowing depth, irrigation, nutrition, mowing heights, avoid aggressive surface aeration)
  • Ensure that thatch is under control.
  • Select the right grass seed mix.
  • Rake the seed into soil using the back of a rake to help seed settle.
  • Ensure that the seed gets established into the root zone
  • Water, Water and Water - Sufficient watering is vital for germination.
  • Get ready for the first mow
Green Velvet Grass Seed

Maintenance following over seeding...Water, Water and Water

  • Water - Sufficient watering is vital for germination
  • Ensure it is watered during dry periods
  • Raise the mower height to highest setting
  • Do not mow the lawn for 2 – 3 weeks
  • Avoid heavy use of the lawn for 2 – 4 weeks

Choosing your Grass Seed

We recommend Green Velvet grass seed

The All Rounder - Multi-Purpose
The Perfectionist - Luxury
The Shady One - Shade
The Action Hero - Hard Wearing

Coverage available 15m2, 70m2, 500m2 & 800m2

Green Velvet Grass Seed
Green Velvet Grass Seed









Why Green Velvet?

Made by the experts in grass, Barenbrug UK, has more than 100 years’ expertise in grass seed production, The Green Velvet range is capable of establishing new lawns in 3-5 days, at low temperatures and in extreme conditions: children, pets, wellies and wild weather are game, set and match.

Tapping into more than a century of experience producing professional-level grass seed, Barenbrug UK’s scientists have meticulously tested Green Velvet to solve the most extreme lawn and turf challenges, and the range has the highest percentage of high-quality grass seed of any lawn product.




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    West Bridgford,
    NG2 6JN

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We operate both North and South of the River Trent, many of our customers are located in: West Bridgford, Radcliffe on Trent, Bingham, Cotgrave, Tollerton, Keyworth, Ruddington and North of the River: Beeston, Chilwell, Wollaton, Bramcote, Nottingham, Mapperley and Arnold.

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