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Does A Dormant Seeding Really Work?

Posted by: Nick DiBenedetto on November 8, 2023

The short answer is......YES!

Keeping your lawn healthy and green takes a lot of work between mowing and watering, to treating for weeds and providing the nutrients your lawn needs to thrive. So, having a thick, green lawn here in the North Shore doesn't happen overnight!

It's fairly common knowledge that one of the best ways to maintain a think and healthy lawn is to overseed it. What most people don't know is that you can perform a Dormant Seeding late into the fall season and have great results next spring!

What Is Dormant Seeding?

Dormant Seeding is just a general term for overseeding your lawn late in the fall or winter when soil temperatures are too cold for the grass seed to germinate. Typically this is when the soil temperatures dip and stay below 50 degrees. With the weather change we have here in the North Shore this time of year, that isn't too far away!

The Benefits Of Dormant Seeding!

Like any overseeding, the benefits of dormant seeding is that it helps eliminate bare spots and thickens your lawn. This not only looks better, but helps keep the lawn healthier and more resistant to things like heat stress, lawn diseases, and insect damage.

As temperatures climb in early spring the seed is already there, ready to germinate. There's plenty of moisture in the soil that time of year as snow melts and water frozen in the soil begins to thaw, providing plenty of water to the newly germinating seed. Plus, since the seed is already there, you don't need to walk over and push a spreader through mushy soil, leaving footprints and wheel tracks in the lawn.

What Type Of Seed To Use!

Like any overseeding here in the North Shore you want to use cool-season grass types. If you're lawn wasn't recently installed, it's probably a blend of multiple turf types. Most commonly, bluegrass, perennial rye, and a variety of fescue types are going to have the best results from a dormant seeding and will most likely provide the best blend of grasses that are already in your lawn.

Ask The Pros

If you're looking for more information on dormant seeding in the North Shore or are simply ready to speak with someone about your lawn care needs, go to or call 978-769-3595 today!