- Improve drainage and drought-resistance
- Even out the terrain
- Improve water holding capacity
- Transform your lawn into organic, low-maintenance, healthy turf
When to Top-Dress:
- Ideally in early fall or early spring to give your grass time to grow through 3-4 mowings before severe cold or heat, especially if overseeding.
How to Top Dress:
Step 1: Aerate
Lawns should be aerated every 2-3 years so start with a core aeration. This removes plugs of soil from the ground to leave channels for air, water, and top-dressing mixture to penetrate the lawn.
Step 2: Apply Top-Dressing
Shovel out small sections (2-3 shovelfuls) of Alberta Gold Black Garden Soil onto your lawn at spaced intervals. Spread the top-dressing mix ½” or less over the existing grass using the back side of a heavy garden rake, working it into aeration holes and covering low spots.
Step 3: Water and Adjust
Water the area well, let the lawn settle for a day or two, then go back with your rake and smooth out any hollows or bumps.
Step 4: Plant Grass if Needed
Replant grass in any bare spots. Existing grass should be able to grow through as much as an inch of top-dressing.