Compost Top Dressing Quick Facts
- A great way to improve soil quality and stimulate beneficial microbial activity by top dressing your lawn with organic compost.
- We apply a high-quality organic compost from A1 Organics over the lawn.
- The machine will apply approximately 1/4 inch – 1/3 inch of compost over the grass.
How Will Compost Improve My Lawn?
Because most lawns in Colorado are heavy in clay content, adding compost will add important organic matter for the microbes in the soil to feed on. Giving the microbes more high-quality food will result in a lawn that is less susceptible to stress and diseases like Necrotic Ring Spot.
If you have Necrotic Ring Spot, adding compost will drastically improve the recovery time for getting control of this fungus. However, compost is not a cure-all, so you still want to make sure you are following proper cultural practices to keep the lawn healthy; this includes following the 1-2-3-2-1 lawn watering technique, mowing tall (3 inches or taller), and feeding the lawn high quality organic fertilizer throughout the season.
When Should Compost Be Done?
Compost can be applied at any time of year. If the compost is put down over the summer months, it is important to water the lawn shortly after the compost is put down to avoid any drought stress.
If compost is put down in the spring or fall, it can be paired with aeration to work the compost down into the soil more quickly, but aeration is not critical. If the lawn is thinning, we can also apply seed at that same time.
Things to Consider Before Ordering This Service and Limitations
- Watering is strongly recommended to start working the compost into the soil and reduce the chance of any drought stress caused by having the new compost on top of the lawn.
- The special compost spreader will only fit into gates that are 36” or larger. If you have a gate that smaller than this, we will not be able to apply the compost to the area inside the fenced area.
- The compost spreader spreads at a 6-ft wide path. If there is a stretch of lawn that is narrower than 6 feet wide, we will not be able to spread compost on that area.
- The compost spreader will tip over on steep hills so we will not be able to spread compost on steep hills (slopes are ok).
- The compost spreader cannot go up or down steps or stairs. If the only access to part of your yard is down steps or stairs, we will not be able to do those areas.