overseeding and topdressing need help

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by grass boy, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. grass boy

    grass boy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    what would be the best topdressing after overseeding and rolling
  2. Lawncop26

    Lawncop26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I've always had good results with a mixture of peatmoss, compost, and a little good topsoil, spread evenly, maybe one quarter to one half inch. The peatmoss for good water retention,however, little or no benefit to the organisms, this is where the compost will help, and of course, good topsoil never hurts. I usually aerate first and place my seed after the topdressing, so it wont be too deep.
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I agree that it is generally best to topdress with compost, very lightly, and do it before rolling. Just enough to cover the seed, then, after rolling cover up the newly exposed seeds again.

    If you are on too much of a slope you may have to use something like straw to hold stuff in place as much as possible. But the rolled composted surface sometimes will surprise you as to how well it stays in place.

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