What you need to know about Top Dressing your Lawn
Maintaining lush, plush lawns usually involves applying fertilizers and pesticides. Even though this is a common practice, you can achieve just as great results by regularly top-dressing your soil and using a few natural products.
To promote grass growth, apply a light layer of composted organic matter or sand to your turf. The process is called top dressing, and it is a popular method for homeowners who wish to maintain their lawns in a healthy, sustainable manner.
With few nutrients available in the sand for soil improvement, adding a few key natural products will provide a great benefit by feeding the beneficial soil microbes.
Feeding your lawn regularly will ensure that the grass grows thick and evenly. Applying top dressing, in conjunction with nutrient-rich organic fertilizers (such as Activ8mate or Power Pellets), can be a powerful way to boost your turf’s growth. Your lawn will benefit from top dressing in the following ways:
- Retains nutrients
- Reduces pest and disease attacks on the turf
- Drainage of soil is improved
- Ensures a greener lawn
- Reduce the amount of thatch
- Enhances root growth
The type of turfgrass and soil composition of your lawn will determine whether you should use sand, finely screened compost, topsoil, or a combination of these.
Usually used to level uneven lawns, sand is a helpful antidote to thick clay soils. By top-dressing your property with sand, you can improve drainage and loosen soil density. This is why sand is mainly used in golf courses and other man-made terrains.
Considering its high porosity and good drainage potential, yellow sand is recommended by lawn care professionals for top dressing.
Top-dressing your lawn with compost is the best option. It contains nutrients that are essential to the growth of your turf. When compost is finished and enriched with fillers, it will be highly beneficial to your lawn.
Check if your compost is finished by checking its color, consistency, and smell. Wait a few more days if the compost still resembles rotten fruit and vegetables.
In addition to improving clay soils, composted soil helps sandy soils retain more nutrients and attract more beneficial microbes.