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Topdressing and Compost


Why Topdress?

Topdressing is a proven practice often completed in conjunction with aeration and seeding in turf maintenance programs and renovation efforts. Topdressing adds organic soil amendments, which improve the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil. This enhances turf quality and vigor, and improves its resistance to stress. Today, high quality compost combined with the advanced blowing application system makes both residential and commercial turf maintenance virtually effortless and with far superior results.

The Benefits of Aeration
and Topdressing

Increases organic matter content of soil
Improves soil percolation rate
Increases water holding capacity of soil
Reduces soil compaction
Improves turf rooting and durability
Reduces thatch
Supplies plant nutrients
Can biologically control certain turf diseases

Recommended Procedure

Core aerate turf area (2 to 5 passes)
     to a depth of 2 1/2 to 3 inches.
Blow in a 1/2 to 3/4 inch uniform
     layer of high quality compost
     (seed can be injected at this
     time if needed for overseeding.
If necessary, back rake the treated
     area to break up soil plugs and
     work the compost into the aeration
     holes.
Water thoroughly.
Use a quality organic fertilizer to
     maintain good microbiological
     population in the soil.
In some cases, the old lawn
     may need to be killed off first.

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