The growing season of spring and summer is the perfect time to give your lawn a new lease of life. This week’s turf tip is about top dressing your lawn and how this will encourage for a more healthy vibrant lawn giving the nutrients it needs.
Topdressing your lawn for nutrients
Top dressing your lawn is where you fill in low dips or uneven spots in your yard with soil. There are many things that can cause this to happen including simple wear and tear or even just the settling of the soil. Not only do they not look nice but they can also cause problems when you’re doing things like mowing and scalping causing uneven turf growth. Applying a layer of top dress to give your lawn a boost of nutrients and encourage new shoots resulting in a thicker lawn while also hindering weed infestations. This will deliver fresh nutrients to your lawn and will also help allow the soil to retain moisture during the drier weather ahead.
We all make sure we fill our divots when we play golf but we don’t always think the same way with our lawns. Not addressing uneven turf not only affects the beauty of your lawn but also creates problems with mowing especially leading to more scalping and uneven growth. By correcting uneven lawns regular maintenance especially mowing will be easier and you will have a happier and healthier lawn.
How to top dress your lawn
- It’s best to fertilise around 2 weeks before you top dress to prepare your lawn.
- Mow the area to be top dressed taking off 1/3 of the leaf.
- Spread the topsoil over the area using a Top Soil Spreader to a depth of 1cm.
- Water in well and apply more fertiliser.
If you have an area that is a low spot (5cm or more) don’t top dress on top. Very carefully lift the section and fill underneath with soil and put the turf back on top. It’s important after to water the turf in well to help growth.
If you have a section of lawn that is higher you can do the opposite to the tip above by slightly lifting the turf and removing a little bit of the dirt underneath. Then reposition the turf back and water in well.
Never completely cover the lawn, always have some green leaf showing through. Reason being is that the leaf still requires direct sunlight for photosynthesis to help encourage growth. If you don’t have a Top Soil Spreader you can simply use the back of a rake, a broom or even an old paint roller with the nap removed.
If you’ve just installed your lawn and it is uneven, this can be because turf thickness may vary. You should not be too concerned about this, but wait several weeks for the lawn to settle. The problem may take care of itself, and just even out. DNA Certified Sir Walter Buffalo tends to be a self-repairing lawn, but there are times when it can get uneven and you need to correct that. But if this does end up occurring you want to use is washed river sand, or a special soil that is designed just for top dressing. You can buy these various blends at places such as your local nursery.
To get more advice on top dressing or to order a new lawn call our team on (07) 3114 8230. You can also to pop in and order in person at our sales office on 1/243 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. The office opens Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm and Saturday 7am to 12pm.
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