If you love the look of a green, lush lawn, but you don’t want to spread synthetic chemical fertilizers where your kids and pets play, consider feeding your lawn naturally instead. Topdressing a lawn with lawn dressing is the best way to provide the long-lasting, slow-release nutrients that encourage optimum turfgrass growth, an amazing benefit to any lawn.

Topdressing is the act of spreading a thin layer over the surface of your lawn you want to treat and it doesn’t take much to do the job. You want to add enough compost to introduce a good balance of nutrients and plenty of beneficial microbes, but not so much that you risk smothering your lawn. When top dressing lawn, you only need to spread a very thin layer of compost over the grass. Rain, wind, soil organisms, and human actions quickly move the compost down through the grass and into the soil where it can work its magic.

As the compost works its way down into the soil, it helps aerate compacted soils. This occurs when soil organisms, both big and small, work to digest the compost and they open up microscopic pore spaces within the soil. With regular applications of compost, you’ll eliminate the need to ever aerate your lawn again.

The microbes present in compost digest thatch, which can sometimes build up to form a thick layer that restricts air and water movement into and out of the soil. A thick layer of thatch can cause rainwater to collect on the soil surface, instead of draining away. When this happens, walking on the lawn feels like walking on a sponge every time it rains.

For expert advice on lawn dressing and how to apply, do not hesitate to Speak to Stanler Farms today to allow the experts to guide you through the year.