Compost Topdressing Your Lawn

Have you ever heard a gardener refer to compost as “black gold” and wondered what the big deal is? Once you see what a little bit of compost can do for your yard, you’ll understand! Many people think compost is just for gardens, but the fact is that it can work wonders for your lawn, too. Applying a compost topdressing to your lawn is one of the best things you can do for your grass. Ready to learn more about why and when to get a lawn topdressing? Keep reading, or just get in touch.

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What is Compost Topdressing?

Compost topdressing is a soil amendment that is commonly used in gardens and lawns. Compost is organic matter that is added to gardens and lawns to encourage healthy soil and plant growth. It is the end product of a decomposition process that takes yard and food waste and turns it into a rich, high-nutrient, and dark material that hosts huge amounts of beneficial soil microbes and organisms. As the nickname “black gold” suggests, it is highly prized by gardeners and organic lawn care experts. That’s because it supplies the nutrients, minerals, organisms, and organic material that healthy soils and plants need to thrive.

Topdressing a lawn entails adding a thin layer of compost to an existing lawn. Clean Air Lawn Care topdresses lawns after aeration and an overseeding to get optimum results. You can get more details about why we combine lawn topdressing with aeration and overseeding below.

organic compost from st. louis compostingWe use OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute)-certified organic compost from Saint Louis Composting. The OMRI certification ensures the compost is organic; OMRI holds the highest standards for organic certification of lawn and garden products. Saint Louis Composting creates our compost topdressing with yard and food waste from nearby Washington University.

Clean Air Lawn Care St. Louis only uses this high-quality, local, and organic compost for your lawn, and we spread it evenly over your lawn in the spring or fall. If you’re interested in learning more about getting compost topdressing for your lawn, get a free estimate today or just give us a call!

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Lawn Aeration + Overseeding + Compost Topdressing = Healthy, Lush Lawn

We combine aeration and overseeding with our compost topdressing service to accomplish an incredibly lush, healthy lawn. No harsh, toxic chemicals are necessary when you focus on nurturing soil health with a high-quality organic approach. First, we aerate your lawn to ensure maximum absorption of oxygen, moisture, nutrients, and beneficial microbes. Then, we return to spread seed (some Zoysia lawns don’t require reseeding), and finally, we apply the compost topdressing.

On top of being highly beneficial for the soil, the compost topdressing acts as a protection for the grass seed, much like straw. The compost prevents the seed from drying out and being blown or washed away. Straw doesn’t break down like compost, and it has to be raked up once the grass starts to grow. This often means that you’re raking up new, baby grass. Straw also dries out and is ineffective, or it’s too heavy and smothers the new grass. The compost acts as a fertilizer for the seed and new grass, as well as hold in moisture. But it’s also going to benefit the existing turf as well.

Compost not only feeds and puts organic material into the yard, but it also insulates the seed and helps retain moisture from watering.

Why Get a Lawn Topdressing?

Aerating, overseeding and applying a compost topdressing is one of the healthiest, safest and surest ways to maintain a lush, healthy and weed-free lawn in the Saint Louis area. When you routinely get your lawn aerated, seeded and topdressed, you are encouraging several aspects of an organically grown, weed-free lawn. First, you are proactively focusing on the health of the soil, instead of resorting to toxic chemicals to kill weeds and subsequently sending your lawn into a chemical spiral (ie requiring more and more chemicals to keep it looking nice).

When Should You Get Your Lawn Topdressed?

We recommend topdressing, aerating and overseeding your fescue lawn in the fall because that gives the fescue seed the most time to germinate and establish roots heading into winter.

Zoysia is a summer grass and requires aeration and compost from May-June after coming out of dormancy.

How often should you get Compost applied to your lawn?

Recommendations for how often we apply a compost topdressing depends on the condition of your yard. Our healthiest, lushest and greenest lawns receive a topdressing service yearly. At a minimum, we like to see it done every other year to keep the soil healthy. During the years that we don’t apply compost to your lawn, we highly recommend that you aerate and seed to continue establishing new growth each fall to crowd out weeds.

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