While Compost is the preferred top dressing after Hollow core, Not everyone has the equipment to do it economically. fl-landscapes has all the Equipment to spread compost from the 33,000 GVW Dump truck to the Motorized top dresser. Even then he is unhappy with Charging only $ 40 a thousand to spread a $ 5.00 a yard Compost. While this sounds like a big profit margin the equipment cost a small fortune. There is a lot of work to compost compared to a little organic fertilizer. So yes Organic Fertilizer is a short cut and not as good as Compost top dressing. Slow Dog Yes a lot of crooks in this business. But you won't catch me risking my license. I worked too hard to get it. .