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Top Dressing...Fall?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Birken Vogt, Sep 11, 2003.

  1. Birken Vogt

    Birken Vogt LawnSite Member
    Posts: 9

    My church has some lawns I think could use a top dressing. They have ruts where the previous owners had the sprinklers installed and other lumps and unevenness. Other than that they are nice lawns so I think topdressing should be all that is necessary. My questions are what time of the year should it be done, what material is used for it, and what is the proper technique?

  2. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Posts: 1,647


    I am not sure where exactly you are.
    I know you don't have the top soil as I would have.
    Although I did some work in Southern California, just south west of Irvine in Foot Hill Ranch.

    The only thing I could get as far as soil for anything was a compost.

    Just spread it out in the depressions and rake it smooth and level with the surrounding soil level. Would imagine you can see now. Unless your in high country.
  3. Green in Idaho

    Green in Idaho LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 833

    Be sure to top dressing for the whole lawn. Otherwise next summer you end up with green lines.

    If the remedy is only wanted on JUST the ruts (lower cost) then fill in with regular top soil just like the rest of the area.

    Fall is great for topdressing IF your lawn grows and stays green all year. Otherwise EARLY spring (March 1st/ soil temps above 50*)..

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