If you don’t want new sod, but your existing lawn looks old and patchy a good alternative is to overseed.

Overseeding is pretty straightforward – it’s growing new grass in the spaces between your existing grass. It’s generally best to do in early spring or fall, not in the heat of summer when your lawn can naturally go into a hibernation state.

Step-By-Step Overseeding
Mow your lawn, making sure that the blades are nice and sharp, so you’re cutting the grass blades clean and not tearing them. At this point, you have the option to aerate your lawn. You can do this yourself, or hire a company, but basically it’s going over your lawn and pulling out ‘plugs’ of soil. This helps get more airflow to your lawn’s roots and gives the roots more space to grow. Instead of aerating, you can just firmly rake your entire lawn using a leaf rake. Try to remove excess “thatch” while raking. Thatch is the spongy layer of grass clippings and horizontally growing roots at the base of your lawn.

What You’ll Need:

  • BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil  (One bag covers 500-2500 sq. ft. depending on how thick you want to spread)
  • High Quality Grass Seed
    (One pail of our specially mixed grass seed will cover approximately 1000 sq.ft. )
  • Fertilizer (optional)
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Lawn Mower
  • Shovel
  • Leaf Rake
  • Core-Aerator (optional)
  • Overseeding Guide: download here.
  • To make the job really easy, use a compost spreader


Black Garden Soil for Overseeding
We recommend using BigYellowBag Black Garden Soil when you decide it’s time to overseed. Our Black Garden Soil has light and fluffy properties that make it a fantastic growing medium for new grass seeds. We build our Black Garden Soil from premium, individual soil components. The soil is also packed with essential nutrients and organic matter, which new grass needs to grow thick and healthy.

Now first spread a layer of soil , spread the seed over this area and cover with a bit of soil.

Keep Your Freshly Seeded Lawn Moist!

It’s a good idea to keep your lawn moist after you overseed, but don’t drown it either. A good guideline is to keep the top quarter inch or so moist.

Your new seeding will require consistent moisture. In contrast, when laying sod, you can irrigate less often but a good  soaking is needed.