Topdressing – Lawn Care Secrets

Lawn Care – How To Do Topdressing Yourself

Most homeowners feel the need to topdress their lawn every year as they think it is the right thing to do.   Yet it really isn’t that necessary.   Don’t get me wrong at some stage your lawn will actually benefit from topdressing, especially when it is done at the right time of the year and in the right way.

So what reasons are there for performing this particular lawn care task?

The main reason why homeowners arrange for this task to be carried out either by themselves or by a professional is to help either level the lawn out or to build it up to a certain level.   By performing this particular lawn maintenance task they are filling in holes or low spots, which in turn will encourage grass to spread to these areas as it, is provided with something to grow in.

What tools are required?

In order for you to successfully carry out this task certain tools are required along with some soil that is suitable.   The tools needed are a good wheelbarrow fitted with an inflatable tyre as this makes moving the soil much easier.   Also you need an aluminium shovel, as this will make shovelling and spreading out the soil on the lawn much easier.   Finally it is worth spending money on investing in a small level lawn tool that will help to not only level the soil better but also rub it into the lawn as well.

What Kind Of Soil Should Be Used For Topdressing?

When it comes to choosing the soil ideally you should select one that is similar to that in which the lawn is growing.   Ideally choose a clean sandy loam type soil rather than one that contains organic matter (compost) and fertilizer in them.   The reason for this is that it will make the whole process of adding the soil to your lawn much easier as it is far better to work with.

Once you have chosen the soil you need to now prepare your lawn for the task of applying it.    The most important thing to do is make sure that the grass is actually growing when you want to carry out this particular lawn maintenance task.  If you apply the soil when the grass is dormant then there is a risk of causing serious damage to the lawn and in some cases you may kill off the grass altogether.

So one of the best things you can do before topdressing occurs is to actually apply a layer of fertilizer to your lawn about 2 weeks before.   This will then help the grass to push through the soil a lot quicker.   Also it is important that the day before you carry out this particular task you actually mow the lawn.   If you don’t then of course the longer the grass the more soil you will need to use in order to cover it correctly.   In turn it will make it much harder for the new grass to emerge if the layer of soil on top is much thicker.

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