Late spring or early summer is a great time to apply compost to your newly aerated and seeded lawns. Compost applications enrich your soil and enable your turf to grow and flourish; compost applications (also known as top-dressing) are an essential part of organic lawn care and make your grass gorgeous and green! If you haven’t seen our May Newsletter, we’ve outlined all you need to know about compost applications and your lawn right here (the why, the what, and the how!):
- Why should I use compost on my lawn? Integrating compost applications into your lawn care regimen is necessary for achieving healthy, nutrient-rich soil and growing turf that is strong, lush, and free of weeds and bare spots. In order to have a healthy, green, and beautiful lawn, you must have healthy soil! Compost top-dressing is most effective when your turf has first been aerated, enabling the compost to saturate and fertilize your soil with organic nutrients a nd microbes. Compost top-dressing also breaks down thatch build-up, neutralizes your soil’s pH, and increases your soil’s water retention.
- What kind of compost should I use on my lawn? Compost, in general, is made of all organic and biodegradable materials; many compost mixes contain ordinary household food waste (like eggshells, coffee grounds, and vegetable scraps), while others contain wood chips, leaves, and other organic matter and yard waste. At ecoLogical Lawn Care, we have developed a unique Compost Tea that’s specially engineered to achieve the very best results in soil nutrition and biofertility. Our freshly brewed Compost Tea is teeming with microbial life and is mixed with humates, vitamins, amino acids, and an abundance of other organic nutrients. We recommend five applications of our Compost Tea a year: the first, third, and fifth Compost Tea applications (applied May, July, and September) also contain fish hydrosylate, humic acid, molasses, and cold water kelp extract for an extra boost of biofertility; the second and fourth applications (applied in June and August) contain just our original Compost Tea formula. It’s truly a recipe for a thick, lush, and weed-free lawn!
- How is compost applied to my lawn? After aeration (aeration ensures your turf’s absorption of fertilizer), we apply our Compost Tea directly to our customers’ lawns using our amazing, eco-friendly top-dressing machine called the— you guessed it— Top-dresser (pictured below)! This state-of-the-art motorized top-dresser spreads our highly concentrated, nutrient-dense Compost Tea evenly throughout your lawn to feed the soil and lock-in moisture. Along with aeration and slit sleeding, top-dressing helps to ensure that your grass grows into a healthy, sustainable, and beautiful turf.