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How To Topdress Your Lawn: A Step by Step Guide

How To Topdress Your Lawn: A Step by Step Guide

Top dressing your lawn is a great way to improve the overall health and appearance of your lawn. By spreading a thin layer of a mixture of soil, sand and humous over the surface of your lawn, you can fill in any bald spots, help the grass grow thicker, and keep it healthy and looking good all year long. When you topdress your lawn this can also help to control weed growth and moisture levels, making it a valuable addition to any lawn care routine.

What are the benefits when you topdress your lawn?

  • Will give you a leveller lawn by filling minor hollows.
  • Top dressing helps to improve soil structure, water retention and drainage.
  • It can also help to control weed growth and improve the overall appearance of the lawn.
  • By using a good topdressing each year you will likely require less fertiliser and pesticides.

When should you top dressing your lawn?

A topdressing should be done during the growing periods, this can be done between April and October. Many people choose to topdress in late Spring or early Autumn.

What should your top dressing be made up of?

Here are the three main components you should look for when choosing a top dressing mix:

  1. Compost: This is a key ingredient that provides nutrients and organic matter.
  2. Sand: This provides stability and drainage.
  3. Topsoil: This will help level out the ground.

Choosing the right mixture for top dressing your lawn.

Heavy Soils – often a garden with clay soil

1 part compost, 2 part topsoil and 4 parts sand

Loamy Soils – the ideal soil we would all like for growing

1 part compost, 4 part topsoil and 2 parts sand

Sandy Soils – often the lawn is prone to droughts

2 part compost, 4 part topsoil and 1 part sand

5 Steps to applying the top dressing to your lawn

  1. Mown your lawn. This will help the top dressing work into the soil below. Remember to remove the clippings.
  2. Rake over the lawn, either using a power rake or aerator to open up channels for the top dressing to enter.
  3. Using a spade, fling the mixture onto the lawn. Ensure it is evenly spread throughout.
  4. Once it is across the lawn you want to work it into the lawn with the back of a rake or a lute. This will ensure the top dressing is spread evenly and prevent new bumps from being created.
  5. If there is no rain forecast ensure the top dressing gets a light shower to help it into the ground.

Now it is time to be patient and wait for the topdressing to do its magic.

If you still have questions regarding how and when to topdress your lawn, contact our friendly team who will be happy to help.


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