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. Pet 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.