Many people overlook how important healthy, nutrient rich soil is to the success of a lawn care program. We treat thousands of lawns in our local area and with all things being equal in fertilizer, watering and cultural practices, the difference in appearance from one lawn to the next generally has to do with soil conditions. Compost is the product of controlled decomposition of organic matter that has been stabilized where it is beneficial to plant life. Compost will improve soil structure, increases the water-holding capacity of soil which is beneficial during summer months and encourages deep-rooting of grass plants. Compost can be added to a lawn at anytime during the year, but most homeowners choose to have their lawn top-dressed with compost after an aeration.
Compost Topdressing – Typical Service Dates:
While compost itself can be added to a lawn at anytime during the year, most customers prefer to add a layer of compost topdressing immediately following a lawn aeration.
Compost Topdressing – FAQ’s
- Compost Topdressing
- 1. When is the best time to apply compost to my lawn?
Compost can be applied at any time of the year; we have top-dressed lawns in the spring, summer and fall. Typically compost topdressing is done in conjunction with a lawn aeration.
- 2. What is compost?
Compost is the product of the controlled decomposition of organic matter that has been stabilized through the generation of heat and stabilized to the point that is beneficial to plant growth. Compost has the unique ability to improve the physical and biological characteristics of soils or growing media. Compost contains plant nutrients but it is not characterized as a fertilizer.
- 3. How much compost can be applied in a single application?
In an existing lawn, a layer not to exceed ½ inch is preferred as this will not smother the existing grass plants. For a new installation of a lawn where soil grading is necessary, a full 1 inch of compost is desired to be pulverized into the soil.