Healthy lawns have soil that thrives throughout the seasons. Lawns that have poor soil quality do not hold up to extreme weather conditions. Topdressing your lawn is an important, often overlooked lawn chore. By adding a modest layer of compost across your lawn you can improve the overall structure of your soil.
There are different types of topdressing you can add to your lawn, but compost is widely recognized as the best choice for turf grass. Adding compost to your yard is an environmentally friendly way to improve your turf grass.
What is Compost?
Compost is created from decaying / decomposing organic material, such as leaves or grass trimmings, paper and vegetable/fruit waste. Do not use animal flesh. It creates a nutrient-rich material that is beneficial for lawns and gardens. You can also buy compost from a lawn or landscaping supplier.
Benefits of Compost
Compost adds organic matter to your lawn’s soil and improves the overall structure of the dirt. It works by boosting microorganism content within the soil which, in return, helps convert organic matter (such as fallen leaves) into nutrients that your turf grass can use.
Spread about 1/4″ of compost evenly across the lawn using a compost spreader or wheelbarrow and rake. Never top-dress the lawn with more than ½” at a time.
Topdressing with compost helps reduce the effects of drought stress, disease and insect damage. It helps maintain moisture within the soil and provides an ideal environment for grass seedlings to mature. Think of it as a protective, nourishing addition to your lawn.
Utilizing core lawn aeration, in addition to using an effective top dressing to your turf grass will boost your lawn. You will see improvement as grass becomes thicker, greener and more hearty.
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