Organic Seeding ServicesIn Chicago and the Surrounding Area
Professional Lawn Care Since 2007
Seeding is Vital for an Organic Lawn
Seeding is an often overlooked but integral component of a lawn care program. Regular seeding is crucial for the long-term health and viability of your lawn. Our Greenwise seed mix is custom-blended with A-List varieties, consisting of predominantly Turf Type Tall Fescue, combined with Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Ryegrass. After years of experimentation, we have identified this mix as most suitable for growing conditions in the Midwest. In particular, the Turf Type Tall Fescue is a hearty variety and adaptable to changes in temperature, heat, drought, and shade.
For an organic lawn, seed is the most effective tool for your turf to outcompete weeds. In the Chicagoland area, seeding is generally recommended in the fall. In certain cases, we may recommend both spring and fall seeding, but a single overseeding each year is usually enough for most lawns!
Regular Seeding Promotes Turf Density
The best natural defense against weeds is dense, thick turf. Even for the healthiest lawns, grass will die and needs regular seeding to be restored. This is especially true in colder climates like Illinois. Annual overseeding, recommended in the fall, can drastically improve the appearance, health and vigor of your lawn.
Our custom-blend of high-quality, sustainable grass seed is applied with a 100% organic seed starter fertilizer to promote germination and the establishment of a strong root system. We then apply a thin layer of peat moss to bare areas in order to protect the seed and keep it moist. With the right conditions, you should expect seed to germinate within 7 to 14 days, so long as the seed is watered on a daily basis.
Slice seeding, also referred to as slit seeding, is our recommended renovation technique for lawns with large or numerous bare areas. In this process, our machines create grooves in the soil into which seed is placed. The seed is then topped with a 100% organic seed starter fertilizer and coated with peat moss to encourage water retention. With slice seeding vs. overseeding, seeds have a better chance of germination given higher seed-to-soil contact. In addition, our machines will naturally remove thatch, which can get in the way of seed connecting with soil.
We recommend this service for clients interested in a rigorous lawn restoration with a preference for seeding vs. sod. We perform slice seeding throughout the spring and fall seasons.
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When to Seed?
Fall is generally the best time to seed when temperatures are ideal for germination and establishment. In addition, new grass has less competition for water and nutrients, making for more favorable growing conditions. After seed germinates in the fall, it has 2-3 months to establish its roots ahead of winter before going into dormancy. That time period gives the new grass the strength to grow in the spring and face warmer temperatures in the summer months.
Early spring is also a good time to consider seeding, when temperatures are warming up and conditions are wet. We typically begin seeding in early April through May. Spring seeding is ideal for lawns that suffered winter damage or have larger bare areas. Seed provides a helpful jump start to the growing season.
Lastly, it’s important that the soil is properly prepared for any seeding service. Grass should be mowed low, bare soil should be cultivated where seed is applied, and of course, watering is the most important factor in germination.
We’ve prepared a watering guide with detailed instructions on how to water your lawn in the weeks following seed installation. Take us at our word when we say, with newly installed seed, you really can’t water enough!