What is Over-Seeding?

Over-seeding is the process of applying a matching grass seed to a lawn, to improve the sward density and to compensate for grass decline.

In most instances, lawns require over-seeding because of sparce areas or bare patches, usually caused by foot traffic over a period of time.

Over-seeding is one of the most important lawn care applications, but few lawn companies provide it. The main reason for this is because they believe that if a lawn is being fertilised, then it will not require over-seeding.

Why do lawns require over-seeding?

Professional football pitches are replaced every season, even though they appear to be in good condition after regular use.

The reason why they are replaced is because after approximately five to six years, the grass plant reproduction rate slows down, therefore as the grass ages, it becomes tired. Thin grass then attracts weeds, making the pitches look more unattractive. Younger seed types and better quality cultivars are therefore essential for higher quality lawns.

Annual over-seeding compensates for the natural slow-down of the turf’s reproduction rate. The major benefits of over-seeding your lawn annually are that it ensures your lawn stays thick and dense. Areas that have become sparse will become thick and lush again. Thick grass will have fewer weeds, providing that it is cut at the correct height. The second benefit is disease resistance.

Lawn Master can use a variety of methods to over-seed your lawn, including the use of specific spreaders and drill seeder machines.

Seeding Programmes from Lawn Master

  • Special Coated Seeds – Intelligent Seed: Intelligent seed is the first system of it’s kind to coat seed with full strength fertiliser, which is designed to kick-start post-germinative growth. This nourishes only the new plant, and not the existing sward or any weeds that may be present during the over-seeding process.
  • Rye-Grass Lawns: Rye-grass is a particularly hardwearing grass type. It can be relatively problem-free if it is well nurtured and maintained regularly.
  • Fine-Fescue: Fine-fescue grass can be more problematic. It is susceptible to lawn diseases such as Red Thread and can change colour and become very spongy when it is walked on. If you are not sure what type of grass you have, then please arrange a free quotation and analysis.
  • Shaded Lawn Grass: Shaded lawn grass types are known for being very poor quality. However, more recently it has become a developed cultivar that grows and survives in shaded situations. Please ask if you have shaded areas that may benefit from specialist shaded seed types.
  • Drought-Resistant Grass: We can also offer drought-resistant seed. This grass type can survive longer and recover very quickly after prolonged periods of drought.

Any of the above seeds can be mixed with your lawn to improve and change the content of your existing grass types. Please contact us for further information.


Lawn Master can over-seed your lawn with a range of different grasses. Your local outlet will recommend the best grasses to suit your lawns.