Top Dressing Your Lawn
Want to green your lawn up for those summer months? Add a layer of top dressing to build up the soil, shore up shallow spots and stimulate your grass; helping it grow thicker and greener!
According to Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Travis County , “Lawns need 4”-6” of well-drained, organic-rich soil for the roots to be able to access oxygen, moisture and nutrients. Compacted clay soils do not have good air flow, and can prevent water from soaking down to the roots, or conversely can hold moisture at the roots for too long once it does finally soak in. Organic matter in the soil breaks up those hard, compacted clay lumps and allows air and water to flow through the soil, while also feeding beneficial microorganisms.”
When top dressing your lawn, the proper mixture must be prepared for your specific lawn’s needs. Not all lawns will have the same requirements and that is one reason why it is a good idea to use a lawn maintenance company to do this work for you.
Top dressing done improperly can make matters much worse for your lawn. But the benefits if done properly are substantial. Top dressing can smooth out a lumpy, bumpy yard making it a pleasure to play in again. Putting greens are routinely top dressed to keep a nice playing surface. Top dressing also helps reduce thatch, helps your lawn recover from injury and disease and helps conserve water which is so important here in the Austin – Cedar Park – Leander – Round Rock area.
Improving the existing soil is one of the most important reasons for top dressing your lawn. Top dressing benefits the soil by feeding it nutrients and microbes that make it thrive.
For best results, combine top dressing with core aeration. It can change your existing soil’s composition in just a few years.
Here in Central Texas, regular topdressing is a great way of improving drainage in our clay soils. Heavy clay drains slowly and stays saturated longer after rain or irrigation. Then, once the hot Texas sun comes out, the soil dries and forms a hard, cracked surface. Top dressing helps alleviate this condition.