Top Dressing application question

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by gsmith4965, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. gsmith4965

    gsmith4965 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I would like to renovate a lawn in need of organic matter. I would like to top dress with compost/loam but do not have access to a top dressing spreader.

    Has anyone ever tried using a tailgate spreader used for snow/ice control?? I have a receiver hitch on a tractor that could accommodate such a spreader.

    Welcome any ones comments

    Thank you
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,400

    I would expect the compost would clog up that type of spreader.
    Depending on how large your lawn is, it's not that hard to spread by hand.
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  3. Turboguy

    Turboguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,980

    I believe I have heard of guys having success by putting the compost in a wheel barrow and using a backpack blower or leaf blower to blow it from the wheel barrow onto the lawn. This is something I read here a couple of years ago and they seem happy with the results.
  4. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,065

    Someone here recently posted pictures of scattering topdressing before slit seeding. The slit seeder did a pretty good job of pulling the material around evenly. I remember thinking his results could have been evn better by using a drag mat as his final step. Good luck with your project.
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  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,400

    Yes this works well. Be sure to wear a dust mask.

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