how thick to spread top soil?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by TheKingNJ, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    I have a lawn at a car dealership i have to seed. The builder last year just threw down seed and hay on crapy rock covered soil. So i'm going to topsoil it and reseed. i'm wondering how thick i should go on the top soil, i'm thinking maybe 4 inches?
  2. BMFD92

    BMFD92 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    sounds kind of thick. how bad is the soil?
  3. cleancutccl

    cleancutccl LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 698

    You shouldn't have to go over 2 inches, if the lawn needs more than that run away because you will still have stress problems due to the compacted soils underneath.
  4. hole in one lco

    hole in one lco LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,793

    grass only needs 3in of good soil to grow
  5. TheKingNJ

    TheKingNJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 781

    ok thanks, the soil underneath is bad but i guess i will go with 2 inches.
  6. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    you really should till it in...

    if you lay good soil over crappy soil you can have root pruning problems from the soil underneath, also you can have drainage issues, etc...

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