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What is Topdressing?

Topdressing is the application a blended soil mixture over the surface of turf grass. Mostly used on warm weather turf grasses such as Bermuda, Centipede and Zoysia. Cool season turf grass, such as Fescue, can also benefit from topdressing. Topdressing for warm weather grass types consists of coarse sand, inert organic humus and our INTELLIGENT Fertilizer. Topdressing for cool weather grass types consists mainly of inert organic humus, coarse sand and our INTELLIGENT Fertilizer.

How does topdressing help the turf?
Topdressing is then applied at a rate of approximately 1/8" to 1/4" layer over the surface of the turf. Topdressing helps eliminate thatch. Thatch is the accumulation of dead grass clippings and the dead stem of the plant. Topdressing retains moisture, heat and microbes to assist in the decomposition of the thatch layer. Topdressing also helps fill in depressions and low areas of the turf. This allows for a smoother cutting of the leaf.

How else will topdressing help my turf?

  • improves drainage
  • increases nutrient retention
  • softens turf surface for active play
  • increases natural resistance to disease and pests
  • provides excellent soil medium for tender root systems
  • eliminates thatch that chokes and inhibits turf development


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