Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-27-2009, 10:42 PM
BostonBull BostonBull is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Windham, NH
Posts: 520
Top dressing intervals?

What are the recommended intervals for topdressing with compost? 1 app in spring and fall? Does it hurt to topdress more often than this, or is it just overkill?

Sorry if this is an elementary question!
__________________
Massachusetts Certified Arborist
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-27-2009, 11:42 PM
Smallaxe Smallaxe is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Central Wisconsin
Posts: 9,820
The hot sun will burn off "humus". Exposure to certain elements are not good is - what I've always heard. It does make sense to me.

For that reason , I believe that compost should be applied when its ability to survive into the rhizosphere are best. Namely spring, late summer, and serve as a winterizer bonus in the fall.

In this part of Wisco -- that equals once a month!!
__________________
*
Now that I know that clay's texture(platelets) has nothing to do with water infiltration, percolation, or drainage
,,, I wonder what does...
*
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-28-2009, 12:51 AM
growingdeeprootsorganicly growingdeeprootsorganicly is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: obamaland
Posts: 770
you could dust the lawn weekly/monthly through out the season if you wanted to as long as there irrigation. sounds like alot of work who's paying?

spring and fall work well for me.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-28-2009, 09:51 AM
Kiril Kiril is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: District 9 CA
Posts: 18,324
I agree with the spring (late) and fall.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-28-2009, 12:03 PM
ICT Bill ICT Bill is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Howard County MD
Posts: 4,120
Would you change this practice, of spring and fall, after the SOM get to a certain point and then go to a "every 3 years" kind of practice?
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-28-2009, 12:06 PM
Kiril Kiril is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: District 9 CA
Posts: 18,324
Quote:
Originally Posted by ICT Bill View Post
Would you change this practice, of spring and fall, after the SOM get to a certain point and then go to a "every 3 years" kind of practice?
That would depend on how quickly your SOM is being turned over.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-28-2009, 09:00 PM
pt03 pt03 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Winnipeg Manitoba
Posts: 98


Hi to All

Question about topdressing. I built one of those drum style topdressers and was wondering if a person is supposed to apply one direction and then apply a second 'coat' perpendicular to the first. It lays it down pretty fine so a second application would be possible without overloading the lawn. Or is it better to do a second application at a later time?

Never done it before.

Thx

Lloyd
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-28-2009, 09:57 PM
ICT Bill ICT Bill is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Howard County MD
Posts: 4,120
I like spoon feeding, many on here like to put down light amounts of compost rather than 1/4 inch at a time
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-28-2009, 10:20 PM
DeepGreenLawn DeepGreenLawn is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Woodstock, GA
Posts: 2,372
I have always put it down about a 1/4" or so, I haven't had any problems so far, like how it gets the soil going faster, I like the idea of more OM down for everything else to go too... I don't like "dusting" as it just doesn't seem it is doing any good... or it will take FOREVER to make a difference...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 04-28-2009, 11:43 PM
treegal1's Avatar
treegal1 treegal1 is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: drifting.......
Posts: 4,021
down here 4-6 times a year........... 12 month growing season............
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:29 PM.

Page generated in 0.11128 seconds with 8 queries