With the current drought conditions, let’s rethink the practice of overseeding. Even though overseeding has been a longstanding practice in the Coachella Valley, it is not necessary and can be wasteful. By not overseeding this year, you will save time, water, and money. This can equate to a savings of more than 8,000 gallons of water for each 1,000 square feet of grass.
If you must overseed, here are some guidelines to help you use less water.
- According to the Desert Horticultural Society Guide to Overseeding, wait until later in the fall such as mid-October/mid-November to overseed when temperatures are cooler and less water is required for germination.
- Consider overseeding a smaller area, instead of the entire yard.
- Plant seeds in a clean bed and cover with grass clippings to protect them from the sun and evaporation.
- Make sure your sprinklers are working properly and only water enough to keep the seeds moist. When you see the grass sprouting, reduce irrigation frequency.
- Read the seed package label for mowing instructions and follow your water agency’s watering guide for grass.
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