Compost improves the structure and texture of the soil enabling it to better retain nutrients, moisture, and air for the stronger, healthier plants. This organic matter feeds the soil microbes that are vital for good diverse soil environment. Compost helps to control diseases and insects that might otherwise overrun a more sterile soil lacking natural checks against their spread. Compost can save lots of money too - reducing costs of replacing sod and plants, use less water, reduce cost of herbicides, pesticides, fertilizers. Rich soil grows better lawns, trees, plants in general. Pet and Kid friendly too!
Using a specialized spreader we apply an even layer of organic compost 1/4" thick over the surface of the lawn. This is a very high quality product that has been composted for over 6 months so there is no bad odor or large pieces of wood mulch. You can watch videos of the process on our website. If you would like a thicker layer we can also apply a double rate which is about 1/2" layer. This will build healthier soil and microbes but won't level the soil.
We would need to top dress with a soil mix in Summer to help with the leveling.
Winter can be a great time to top dress to allow time for the compost to work into the soil undisturbed from mowing. Spring and Fall are the optimum time for top dressing, however it can be done at any time of the year. Ideally it needs to be watered in one or more times before mowing so it can settle down to the soil layer.
For our premium soil mixes we recommend having those applied in Summer months so the grass is actively growing.
Results may vary due to turf and soil conditions. Most people see their turf thicken & bare spots fill in. It usually takes a few weeks to begin to see results. Gradually compaction lessens and the soil may even feel softer. Watering needs should go down 30% or more. When we seed at the same time as top dressing we usually have a good stand of grass in 3-4 weeks.
If lawn disease or TARR(Take All Root Rot) is present we recommend that we add a soil inoculant to help the grass recover as well as a thicker layer (double pass) of compost.
Top dressing will enhance any fertilizing program since it contains & feeds the microbes that actually release the nutrients in the fertilizers. Some grass types need more nitrogen to keep green so it would depend on your grass type. Typically Bermuda has a higher nitrogen need. Zoysia and St. Augustine typically have lower nitrogen requirements.
Optional Annual Soil Feeding & Fertilizing Program - Includes 1 Lawn Top Dressing with Compost and 4 Organic Lawn Fertilizations (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall)
Core Aeration can produce great results when done before top dressing. This allows the compost to get even deeper into the soil profile and also allows more oxygen into the root layer. We do not provide this service. If you need a referal to company let us know.
After lawns have been composted they usually do not require continued aerations as the soil is less compacted.
We accept checks and take credit card payments. When the job is completed an email will be sent to you that has a pay now button at the bottom to make it easy to pay by credit card.
You do not need to be home at time of service. For top dressing it is best to have recently mowed the lawn or clean up leaves before we come. Please turn off sprinklers the day before we come and turn them back on after we leave. For best results the compost needs to be watered in especially in warmer months.
For back yard access please have the gates unlocked ( we do need a minimum of 36" gate to get our top dressing machines through)
If we do have a heavy rain event after the appliaction please contact us. Most of the time the compost stays in place well except for slopes, bare areas, and areas where water drains from down spouts etc. We can come out and reapply where needed for a nominal fee, waiving our usual minimum pricing. Weather sitautions are beyond anyone's control however we still want our clients to get a value for their money.