Davey uses cookies to make your experience a great one by providing us analytics so we can offer you the most relevant content. By continuing to use this site, you accept our use of cookies. View our Privacy Policy for more information.

Learn the best time to overseed your lawn in each region.

Best Time to Overseed Lawn (Midwest, Northeast, South, West)

August 31, 2017

When you look out into your yard to admire its lush, green lawn, the last thing you want to see is stringy weeds, brown patches or bald spots.

Luckily, overseeding is an effective remedy for those pesky lawn issues. Learn when and why it’s important to overseed your lawn based on where you live.

Why and When to Overseed the Lawn

Overseeding is as simple as it sounds. You plant new grass seed in your lawn’s troubled spots. But its benefits go much deeper. You should consider overseeding because:

  1. It thickens turf, which discourages weed growth.
  2. It repairs burned or bare spots of grass brought on by summer’s heat.
  3. It improves the overall strength and vigor of the lawn.
  4. It’s the best way to create a uniform-looking lawn without having to do a full renovation.

When to Overseed Your Lawn

The trick to proper overseeding is knowing your grass type. The two main kinds of turf—warm season and cool season grasses—are on different seeding schedules. Below are the most common grass types in each region of the U.S.

Best Time to Overseed Lawns in the Northeast

  • Turf Type: Cool season grasses
  • When to Overseed: Overseed in late summer or early fall to give seeds about a month to develop before the region’s first frost.

Best Time to Overseed Lawns in the Midwest

  • Turf Type: Cool season grasses
  • When to Overseed: Plan to overseed in mid-August to mid-September.

Best Time to Overseed Lawns in the South

  • Turf Type: Warm season grasses
  • When to Overseed: Overseed in the South during mid-spring or early summer. That's when soil temperatures are warm enough for the seeds to develop.

Best Time to Overseed Lawns in the West

  • Turf Type: Both! In the Pacific Northwest, there are cool season grasses while in the Southwest there are warm season grasses.
  • When to Overseed: Overseed cool season grasses about six weeks before winter hits, and revamp your warm season grass in early spring. 

Before You Overseed…

Aerate! By poking tiny holes in the soil, or aerating, you help more air, water and nutrients reach grass roots. Then, when you plant your new grass seed, they’ll have a better chance of sprouting and growing strong roots.

Get a free quote to aerate and overseed your lawn.

Join The Discussion

Request a consultation

  • How would you like to be contacted?
*Please fill out all required fields.