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Top Dressing


Top Dressing of Lawns is beneficial.

It encourages new basal growth of the grass plants - giving a thicker sward of grass. It is also a good way to 'level out' the bumps and hollows in an uneven lawn. David Hughes - landscaper and writer - takes us through the operations with this picture series.

I normally carry out 'top-dressing' in mid spring. It can be done at any time in the growing season (March-October), but a dressing in the spring soon 'disappears' under the resultant lush lawn growth.


The type of mix to be used varies according to your basic soil type. Normally, I use equal parts of sifted top-soil, sharp sand and peat. (If the lawn is in need of a feed, or for extra 'oomph' I use multi-purpose compost instead of peat! (It it often cheaper as well!) For Lawns on heavier soil, I would leave out the soil in the mix, and use 50/50 sharp sand and peat/Multi Purpose compost.

Mix the ingredients well - on a dry day - ensuring that there are no lumps in the mix.



Lightly spread to mix over the lawn. It is better to do it lightly  and in several applications throughout the season, rather than 'smother' the lawn grass in one go!


I normally use the back of my wide 'Landscaper's' rake to spread the mix and 'brush' it into the grasses of the lawn. A good stiff broom will also do the trick. Make sure that the mix goes down into the sward.


The grass should be showing through - as in this picture.


For those little hollows, apply a little extra mix. Again not too much. Far better to do these in several applications throughout the season.


'Rough up' the area with your fingers to get that grass showing through.


This - as they say - is one I did earlier!


"I always use Marden Turf, because seed-sown lawns are always the best. Marden sows the seed for me, grows it into a fine lawn, and then delivers it to where I want it."

David Hughes

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