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05/02/11 06:10 PM

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Receive one free Fertilizer and Weed control application on your next service when you refer a neighbor or a friend to Guaranteed Turf Care and they sign up for our Nature Green or Weekender Mowing program.

Top dressing is the direct application of a layer of compost, soil, sand, or the combination over the surface of your lawn. It has been performed on golf courses since the sport was invented in Scotland, but it has only recently become popular on home lawns.  The thickness of this layer will vary according to need, but we generally recommend a thickness of approximately 1/4  to 1/2 inch.

Top dressing is benifical to home lawns because it builds up the quality of soil over a period of time. Top dressing adds organic matter to soil and increases the amount of microbial activity which in turns reduces thatch. Top dressing also improves the soil structure. Clay soils will experience better drainage improving root development and sandy soils will retain moisture better making it less susceptible to drought. Another benefit of top dressing a lawn is that it will help to even out any lumps and bumps in your turf.

Steps for top dressing lawns

When top dressing lawns, there are several important steps that should be followed to ensure good results. They are listed in the order they should be performed. 

1. Mow the lawn as low as possible without stressing the grass too much.
2. Bag or remove all of the cut grass.
3. Core aerate the lawn. If you have poor soil, consider removing the cores. If the soil is not too bad, leave them on the grass to break down naturally. 
4. Spread top dressing over lawn to a depth of ¼ to ½ inch. 
5. Lightly brush the grass with the backside of a rake. The object is to get as much top dressing touching the soil as possible.
6. Water thoroughly.

In sum, the beneficial results of top dressing make it a important step to a professional and complete maintenance program. 


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