Topdressing the lawn is best done in spring or autumn. Topdressing is usually done to correct any uneven stops in the lawn surface, when over sowing an existing lawn or repairing patches. Soils used for topdressing are usually light sandy loams. These soils provide little nutrients therefore apply a layer of organic compost with the topdressing and afterwards fertilize with Turf Master or Tropic.
Use the back of a rake to evenly spread topdressing over the lawn taking care not to bury the existing grass completely, at least half of the grass leaf blades should be showing through the topdressing. If the grass is covered too deeply it will retard the regrowth. Apply the fertilizer and water regularly. Mow according to your grass type with just a light mow on the first three or four cuts.
1. Don’t cut your lawn too short as short grass develops shallow roots. This may cause the grass to suffer damage during dry periods and develop more thatch.
2. Grasses that adapt to hot humid climates tend to go dormant during the winter and give a dry brown appearance. These lawns will benefit from an application of high nitrogen lawn fertilizer in March just before the winter begins. Over sowing with fescue lawn seed will add winter colour and encourage growth, resulting in a denser turf that is more resistant to the development of weeds.
3. Need your lawn to green up quickly for a special occasion? Give it a spray with a liquid lawn fertilizer which has a high nitrogen content. This will quickly green up the lawn in a week or two and also speed up grass growth.