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Overseeding

Would you like your lawn to look green for the winter? Try overseeding. It's when you plant a temporary grass to provide a green lawn all winter.

North and Central Florida lawns are good candidates for overseeding. South Florida lawns won't need it, as they typically stay green all year.

Ryegrass is popular for overseeding because of its fast growth and low cost. It should be sown once daytime highs have fallen to the low- to mid-70s.

Rake the grass to remove all debris, then mow your lawn before sowing the seed. You'll need to water your overseeded lawn frequently until it has germinated.

Once the winter lawn is established, it will require watering, mowing, and fertilizing.

Grasses used for overseeding will die off as temperatures rise in the spring.

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