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Topdressing after aeration

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Five Diamond Lawns, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    It's fall in the Northwest and everyone want's to do damage control on their lawns.
    I do a ton of aerations throughout the year but in the fall I get allot of topdressing requests.


    Top-dress with sand
    Top-dress with soil
    Top-dress with compost
    New product very expensive AXIS (or something like that) a small plastic ball thats hallow like a tine woffal ball. Suppose to go in aeration holes keep them open while still allowing roots to grow through.

    My main question is best way to spread in small yards with limited access. I've try ed a pete moss spreader with sand. Destroyed the spreader.
  2. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    What's the sand for?
  3. Greenscape4u.com

    Greenscape4u.com LawnSite Member
    Messages: 6

    wheel barrow and shovel , rake in good after your done , mother nature does the rest.
  4. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Messages: 4,040

    Here are a couple of ways I found others doing topdressing with push devices.


  5. work_it

    work_it LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 976

    ^Is that Kenny Rodgers pulling that cart? lol
  6. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    I 'second' that sand question. I understand sand to be used to spread tiny seed or help level turf, but I did not think it had any nutrient value for the soil...

    Compost and all that other crap (no pun intended) adds certain levels of nutrients and Humus (micro-organisms) to the soil, but whats with sand on a perfectly level spot like I see above?

    Or is there something in the sand?
  7. Likestomow

    Likestomow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 997

    Hey Gopher - is that guy in your second picture a homeowner or you helper? If he is your helper, you run a classy business!
  8. Five Diamond Lawns

    Five Diamond Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 197

    Sand is used in the Northwest on golf course greens mostly. Enhances dranage and helps clay soil. Clients that golf to much request it mostly, their the ones that cut their lawn to short also.
  9. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    Sand will not help clay soil. To improve clay soil, you want to get as much organic material into it as possible. Sand and clay are definitely not a good mix.
  10. Duder

    Duder LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Sorry, but I beg to differ - sand (when having the proper and uniform particle size), contributes to aeration porosity, although, marginally.

    That said, topdressing with sand should not be used without caution.

    When a small or insufficient amount of sand is added, porosity decreases because the soil particals "float" in the soil without adding any additional large pore spaces.

    Some other "problems" with sand:

    - excessive nutrient leaching - particularly nitrogen and potassium

    - Lower microbial activityfor thatch and organic decomposition.

    And to answer "why use sand" others have asked - sand is technically a soil component. It is used in rootzone mixes to provide mechanical strength for soils receiving heavy compaction stress (i.e. football fields, golf greens... etc)

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