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Top Dressing in Lawns

Top dressing is a lawn care technique that involves applying fertilizer or manure to the top layer of soil in a lawn. This is a zoysia lawn immediately after the top dress blend was applied:

While the job is a little messy, it is well worth the benefits!


  • Adds organic material and microorganisms to the soil and lawn
  • Helps with moisture retention
  • Improves soil structure
  • Helps to reduce thatch build-up by encouraging decomposition
  • Helps to smooth dips and low areas

Check out this video to learn more about top dressing:


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