Top dressing a lawn

What is Top-dressing and why should I top-dress my lawn?

Top-dressing is the process of adding a fine layer of fresh soil to the lawn’s surface. Top-dressing benefits the lawn as it builds up the quality of the soil over a period of time. For example, sandy soils will be able to retain moisture better, making the lawn more resistant to drought, while clay soils will drain better, thus improving root development. Another benefit of top-dressing is that it will help to even out any lumps and bumps that are present on an uneven lawn, filling in any small hollows that may develop. Top-dressing also stimulates the grass to produce new shoots and so results in denser grass cover. This helps to combat the onset of weed and moss infestation.

Top-dressing is a great way of improving that all-important airflow. If your lawn is growing in a clay soil, compaction can be a major issue as the clay particles form a tightly packed soil bed. Top-dressing allows the particles to separate, thus producing a much more preferable growing medium. Top-dressing works brilliantly when combined with Overseeding.

When would Green Man top-dress my lawn?

We generally top-dress lawns during the autumn and winter period. However, if your lawn requires full renovation, Top-dressing will be carried out as part of this process.