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Lawn Care Services: Top Dressing

Topdressing with compost is simply a way of adding organic material and restoring balance to the soil...

One of the best ways to ensure you have a great turf is to add a layer of organic high-grade compost and sand mix. This top dressing before seeding will give the seeds even more soil to grab onto – and the right diet to thrive. Compost consists of biological organic matter and contains a full spectrum of essential plant nutrients that will make your lawn healthy and less prone to diseases. We manufacture high-quality top soil and compost.


Topdressing with compost is primarily practiced as a means to improving turf quality but it has other benefits as well, including:

  • Providing nutrients -- composts contains a range of both macronutrients (e.g., Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) and micronutrients (e.g., Manganese, Boron, Zinc, and Copper) largely in an organic form.
  • Increasing organic matter -- topdressing allows the soil to be improved without removing or disturbing the turf
  • Improving soil structure -- topdressing has been shown to decrease soil bulk density and improve the ability of water to infiltrate into the soil
  • Reducing irrigation -- by increasing the amount of organic matter in soil with topdressing, the ability of the soil to hold water is increased which means the lawn needs to be irrigated less
  • Reducing thatch -- compost promotes the growth of active microorganisms that helps decompose thatch on turfgrass
  • Improving surface irregularities -- compost/sand mixes in topdressing can be used to make areas smooth and level surfaces
  • Adding beneficial microbes -- the microbes in compost can play an important role in inhibiting plant pathogens and suppressing various turf diseases
  • Reducing winter damage -- topdressing can be used as a cover to prevent or reduce damage caused by ice and snow
  • Reducing weeds -- topdressing with compost increases the density of the grass which chokes out the weeds
  • Reducing nutrient losses to surface and ground water -- the organic sources of nutrients that are contained in compost has been shown to effectively reduce potential nutrient losses

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