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Lawn Overseeding (March to October)

Grass plants do not live forever they deteriorate and their rate of reproduction slows down. Mature lawns often have areas of weak thin grass which allows moss and weeds to colonise the lawn. The best defence against weeds and moss is a thick healthy grass sward. New seed should be regularly introduced into all lawns to replace the ageing plants. If you want your lawn to stay thick and dense then over seeding at least once every 3 years is desirable. Over seeding with a variety of different seed species can be carried out in the late winter or early spring and autumn particularly after you have scarified, aerated or top dressed your lawn.

We try to match the seed and species to the sight and soil. Most lawns tend to have a variety of species in them which help them look good all year round. We try to sow seed that will give a you a resilient attractive lawn that lasts using approved seed that is more resilient to pests and diseases. Generally each lawn will have a different mixture of seed based upon its requirements.

Irrigation is by far the most important thing to remember when seeding keep seed watered until established.


HEADSTART®GOLD is a biological germination accelerator which is the second generation of the original HEADSTART® formula. HEADSTART®GOLD has been further developed and improved in a number of different ways through research, testing and field trial work. The treatment benefits from minerals such as Phosphorus, Sulphur, Copper and Molybdenum. These nutrients stimulate root formation, development and growth ensuring that the seedling grass plant develops a strong root system during the critical start-up phase. This leads to better access to moisture and nutrients and makes the grass seedling plant stronger and more resistant to stress. In a short time HEADSTART®GOLD can help you by giving faster germination, creating stronger roots and ultimately healthier and stronger amenity turf.

Grass seed Germination

Avoid sowing in extremes of temperature. Seed generally requires a ground temperature above 5c to germinate, shoots need several weeks without frost to survive. Seed requires 3 conditions; good soil contact, warmth and moisture. The spring and autumn are ideal germination times. Hot dry weather or cold wet weather are not ideal. Wet and warm are the best conditions for seed germination and grass growth. We try to select seed that contains a broad selection of grass species. Generally for the average home owner a general purpose utility mix will suffice. Fescues and rye grass mixes work particularly well for most lawns. Aerating the lawn will also assist seed germination.

Heritage can provide overseeding, aerating, and top dressing services to help you develop a healthy thick lawn. Our service is affordable and highly effective. Call us today and take advantage of our free lawn survey or visit our contact us page.

We also offer additional lawn care services which your lawn may benefit from. These include seasonal lawn treatments, lawn scarification, lawn aeration, lawn overseeding, pest control, disease control, lawn renovation and driveway weed control.

Seed Types

Dwarf Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium Perenne)

Dwarf perennial ryegrass can tolerate a variety of conditions within the garden. However certain varieties are better than others generally they do not thrive in shady areas. The typical growth attributes associated with rye grasses are. Good wear characteristics which is why most sports pitches are 100% ryegrass. Excellent recovery and greeness throughout the winter. Low temperature germination making it ideal for lawns that need winter repair. The dwarf perennial rye produces more tillers than a typical rye grass variety. This allows a thicker sward to be created and being fine matches in very well with fine fescues. It is ideal for medium wear lawns and can be sewn with other dwarf perennial rye grasses.

Strong Creeping Fescue (Festuca)

Strong creeping fescue is found in most lawns here in the UK. It is ideal for thickening out the bottom of a lawn sward. Its a great species to have in any lawn as its name suggests it creeps filling the gaps which would otherwise allow weed seeds to enter and germinate. Its very good for repairing lawns as its creeping roots regenerate and spread out into unfilled areas searching for water and nutrients. It is relatively slow growing so needs time to establish compared with other species.

Slender Creeping Fescue (Festuca)

Slender creeping red fescue can be identified from the creeping fescue by its finer appearance in the sward. Therefore it is best used in those that want a fine lawn it can tolerate most ph ranges and has a good wear tolerance. Being quick to establish makes it good for repair seeding on finer lawns and those shady areas of the garden.

Hard Fescue (Festuca)

Hard Fescue is a hardy plant that can tolerate pretty much any site it can grow in most ph ranges. It requires very little input in terms of care. Generally it is used for road sides, dunes, banks but is very common in shade seed mixtures as it has a very high shade tolerance and is adapted for drought,heat and winter hardiness. Its colour varies depending upon the varieties sewn some can appear almost blue in colour.

Chewings Fescue (Festuca)

Chewing’s fescue is fine in its appearance so again suited to fine lawns. Most importantly it has the ability to overcome a wide range of potential problems. It has a high tolerance level when dealing with low temperatures, acidic soil, high shade, disease and requires minimal water and fertilizer. So why not sew my entire lawn with it? Well like all good things it has a price that is it cannot withstand heavy wear. It is ideal for ornamental lawns that have light use. And can withstand cutting to 5mm.

Smooth Stalked Meadow Grass (Poa pratensis)

A creeping perennial grass that creeps using rhizomes. This enables it to recover from damage particularly well and refill bare areas. It has good drought tolerance so good for light/shallow soils i.e areas that do not have much top soil. It is however slow to establish though a very good addition to incorporate for most lawns.

Brown Top Bent (Agrostis capillaris)

This is another species that spreads via rhizomes. Being very dense in growth habit its very common to find this in sports surfaces particularly bowling greens for which it can make up 25 to 50 percent of the mix. Its also great in lawns.

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