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Lawn and Weed Care Wirral Top Dressing

What is Top Dressing and How will it benefit my Lawn?

Top dressing is the process of applying a fine layer of high quality soil to the surface of the lawn. Top Dressing plays a very important part in the upkeep of your lawn. It should be applied at least once a year and can be a key factor in making critical long term improvements to the health and condition and hence the appearance of any lawn.

Top dressing is labour intensive and sourcing the right quality top dressing can be difficult and expensive when delivery costs are calculated.. Approx 5kg of top dressing will cover 1 square metre. Grass seed can be added to the top dressing to thicken up the lawn. Top dressing is compared to varnishing a boat several layers have to be applied over a period of time.

Top Dressing is usually made up of a combination of Sand, Loam and Peat

The Benefits of having your lawn Top Dressed are:-

It will improve drainage especially after Aeration of your lawn. The Aeration Process creates channels in the lawn surface to allow air and water into the root zone by applying Top Dressing after this process the sandy mix of Top Dressing will work down into the holes created. This is usually done with a Top Dressing Lute.

Improve Drought resistance by filling the holes after Aeration. Top dressing has a good moisture retention and therefore will help you lawn be more drought tolerant.

A good Top Dressing will help in the breakdown of thatch. Regular applications will aid decomposition and result in the natural breakdown of the thatch.

It will Encourage new growth by helping the grass to grow new shoots resulting in a thicker sward and thus discouraging the growth of weeds and moss. Giving you a lush green lawn.

Lawn and Weed Care Wirral provides its customers with a comprehensive top dressing service which can be incorporated into the lawn care program at any time. It is most effective in the Autumn, early Winter, Spring and early summer particularly if you want to add grass seed to the mix.

Lawn and Weed Care Wirralcan make top dressing your lawn a simple exercise we order, source and spread the top dressing, working the dressing into your lawn using a level lute or drag mat. If you do your own top dressing take care not to cover the grass with too much dressing as this may damage the grass.

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Lawn analysis

Once you contact us we will agree a convenient time to meet you and survey your lawn (if you are busy you do not have to be at home as we can survey the lawn and leave our survey and recommendations at your property.) One of our experienced staff will visit your lawn and carry out the following analysis:

Visual inspection to assess:

  • Weed population - identifying common and difficult weeds
  • Assess the amount of moss present over the whole lawn
  • Identify the conditions in your garden that encourage moss
  • Identify grass condition and health
  • Check for evidence of insect damage
  • Take core samples to check for: Soil composition,
  • Sub surface level thatch,
  • Surface level thatch
  • Disease analysis
  • Mowing routine and mowing height

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