I hear you on mass quantity of compost vs. The gradualist approach of organic matter via a standard spreader.
There was thread a few months back where a few application Co. said they no longer put down product that makes clients lawns smell like a barn yard.... I wonder how many of those Co. did in fact top dress with compost at one time...?
It makes total sense to me to have topdressing done in my market area since topsoil is stripped off in mass and land is regraded for housing developments. Then only some of the top soil is returned.
The irony is many of these housing developments were once productive cool season grass seed production fields. Jacklin Seed etc. From the 60's though the early 80's. Then the field burn bans kicked in and many got out of grass seed production.
If I could make $120+ per man hour plus materials I'd be all over this as a service. I have done a hand full of smaller seeding and renovation jobs a few years back and top dressed the hard way.
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