what is top-dressing for?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by thesargent, Apr 8, 2007.

  1. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
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    anyone? does it go over new seed?
  2. DoetschOutdoor

    DoetschOutdoor LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S. IL
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    Seed prep and improving existing soil conditions mainly what I use it for...might be other uses.
  3. thesargent

    thesargent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    do you put it over the seed after its spread or before. and what the best way to over seed a lawn, so the birds dont eat it?
  4. Lynden-Jeff

    Lynden-Jeff LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I put it down before and then just lightly rake the seed in to it after I spread. I also prefer triple mix over top dressing but thats just personal preference.

  5. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 663

    Topdressing also helps to break down thatch
  6. Gmgbo

    Gmgbo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    Has anyone ever had a problem with the birds eating seeds, Ive heard about it , but never seeen it?
  7. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 878

    Topdressing is a common term used for material you spread over turf. It can be anything from dirt, sand to manure or compost. You can use it for hudreds of reasons. Most common are for filling in a rough lawn to changing the top soil makeup. It is a common practice on golf courses and just getting a good start on home lawns.

    I would suggest you study up a bit on it before you attempt it.

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