Top Dressing is the process of applying a fine layer of high quality soil to the surface of the lawn, it is usually made up of a combination of Sand, Loam and Peat
Benefits of Top dressing your lawn
- Reduction in thatch levels
- Improvement in drainage for the top layer of soil
- Improvement in the general soil structure
- Improved water and nutrient retention
- It also help to plant and new grass seed in the soil, improving germination rates
Top Dressing plays a very important part in the upkeep of your lawn. It should be applied at least once a year and can be a key factor in making critical long term improvements to the health, condition and appearance of any lawn.
Top Dressing is very labour intensive, and sourcing the right quality Top Dressing can be difficult and very expensive when delivery costs are included. Approximately 5kg of top dressing will cover 1 square metre. Grass seed can also be added to the top dressing to thicken up the lawn. Top dressing is often compared to varnishing a boat, where several layers have to be applied over a period of time.
The benefits of having your lawn Top Dressed are:
It will improve drainage especially after Aeration of your lawn. The Aeration process creates channels in the lawn surface to allow air and water into the root zone. By applying Top Dressing after this process, the sandy mix will work down into the holes created. This is usually done with a Top Dressing Lute.
Improving drought resistance by filling the holes after Aeration. Top dressing has a good moisture retention and therefore will help your lawn to be more drought tolerant.
Regular applications of a good Top Dressing will help will aid decomposition and result in the natural breakdown of thatch.
It will encourage new growth by helping the grass to grow new shoots, resulting in a thicker sward and therfore discouraging the growth of weeds and moss, giving you a lush green lawn.
LawnPro provides its customers with a comprehensive Top Dressing service which can be incorporated into your lawn care program at any time. It is most effective in the Autumn, early Winter, Spring and early Summer, particularly if you want to add grass seed to the mix.
LawnPro can make Top Dressing your lawn into a simple exercise. We source, order and spread high quality top dressing, working the dressing into your lawn using a level lute or drag mat. If you do your own top dressing take care not to cover the grass with too much dressing as this may damage the grass.