If you’ve ever installed your own garden — especially a raised bed garden — then you’ve probably bought some topsoil from a Nashville, TN natural stone dealer. And normally you think of topsoil as a topic for spring, since that’s when most people start their gardens. But you can use topsoil to your advantage in the fall, too.
If you’re a lawn enthusiast, then the information in this article is just for you. The addition of topsoil in the early fall (before you’re done mowing for the year) will improve the condition of your lawn through a process called top-dressing. Let’s look at how to use topsoil this month to our advantage.
What is topsoil?
Topsoil is a useful product for any Nashville, TN natural stone dealer to have on hand because it’s often used in landscaping. But what is it? Bottom line, topsoil is the outermost layer of soil, usually the top 2 inches of dirt. Topsoil is what makes plants grow and prevents erosion. Most home and business owners will buy topsoil from another location (a landscaping dealer) to add to their own landscape if their topsoil is poor quality or they need to fill in holes. This guide to picking out topsoil will help you make the best purchase if you ever need to buy a load of topsoil.
What does it mean to top-dress?
Top-dressing is an important but little-known practice that simply means adding a thin layer of soil over your lawn. Practically speaking, top-dressing fills in holes and uneven spots on your property so that the lawn is smooth — useful for sports games, gardening, or any activity that means being out on the lawn. It also helps revitalize the soil if yours has become depleted of nutrients. It’s an easy way to revitalize a lawn without tearing up the existing grass.
Today’s Homeowner explains that top-dressing is a gradual process, since as organic matter breaks down, it filters down through existing soil. And the benefits aren’t too shabby, either. Top-dressing can:
- Even out your terrain
- Reduce your need for fertilizers
- Improve water supply to the lawn (drainage and drought-resistance)
- Make your lawn organic, low maintenance, and healthy
If your Nashville lawn looks a little sparse and dry lately, top-dressing might be your solution.
What’s the top-dressing process?
So if your interest in top-dressing your Nashville, TN lawn is piqued, what to do next? Yes, you can hire a professional to perform top-dressing for you. But if you’ve got the time and the energy, doing it yourself doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The following steps should get you there:
- First, aerate the lawn (especially if it hasn’t been done in a while). This will open up the surface of the ground for receiving air, water, and topsoil nutrients.
- Prepare your top-dressing. This will be a mix of sand (make sure it’s not sea sand, because it contains lime), topsoil (make sure it’s neither clay nor sandy), and peat or compost.
- Now it’s time for the big labor part — applying the top-dressing. In this step, you’ll be shoveling out 2 or 3 shovelfuls of topsoil every few square feet. After this, go back and spread out the topsoil using something flat, like the back of a garden rake. Work the topsoil evenly until you can see your grass showing through.
- You’re done. The final step is to water the new layer of topsoil to help it settle. Either hose down the lawn or perform this process just before a good rain — not hard to do in a Nashville, TN early fall!
Even though this process does take a good bit of labor, if you’ve got a team helping you, you’ll get it done in less than a day. And the benefits to your lawn are worth the work.
Have you ever used topsoil to fix your lawn?
Ideally, top-dressing is performed in the spring or early fall, when your Nashville lawn is not enduring severe heat or cold and you still need to mow a few times. This fall, why not try a top-dressing to get your lawn back into prime condition for next summer?
Are you proud of your lawn? We bet some of our readers have top-dressed their lawn before — so we want to know how the process was! Did it wear you out? Did you see positive results later in the year? Leave a comment below — we’re excited to hear!