over·​seed ˈō-vər-ˌsēd How to pronounce overseed (audio)
overseeded; overseeding; overseeds

transitive verb

: to seed (an existing stand) with another type of plant
overseeded the Bermuda grass with ryegrass

Examples of overseed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To overseed, simply mow your lawn as low as possible, rake the clippings, scatter the seed into your existing lawn, and then lightly rake the seed into the soil. Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 It can be used to seed a new lawn or to overseed an existing lawn. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Apr. 2023 Perennial ryegrass is used for lawns in the north, but it’s also sometimes used to overseed warm season grasses in the south. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 20 Apr. 2023 When is the best time to overseed my lawn? BostonGlobe.com, 8 Oct. 2021 Some people overseed after a thorough session with a core aerator, which extracts plugs of soil that can be crumbled after drying. Washington Post, 7 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overseed was in 1954

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“Overseed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overseed. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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