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Add Compost for a Healthy, Green Lawn

Boost-Start Grass Seedlings with Compost for a Healthy, Green Lawn

Adding Compost to Lawn

You wouldn’t plant your annuals or perennials in bad soil, so don’t plant your grass in anything less!

It’s mid-August, which means that you should be thinking about aerating and seeding your lawn to replenish it. Before doing those, we highly recommend top-dressing your lawn with compost. There are numerous benefits to adding compost to the yard, but the number one benefit is definitely seeing the results through lush, green, healthy grass.

Benefits of Compost For Lawns:

  • Contains macro and micro nutrients from natural sources that…
    • Release slowly, having a longer effect on the health of your lawn
  • Helps naturally neutralize acid and alkaline soil
  • Promotes drainage which…
    • Reduces erosion and runoff issues
  • Improves soil structure
  • Reduce surface crusting and compaction
  • Can reduce the amount of chemicals needed on turf
Compost for Topdressing Lawn

We use our specialty Jack Frost Blend, which is a mix of screened topsoil and leaf compost. We spread it over any bare patches and poorly performing grass on your lawn. Topdressing helps improve the nutrient and organic levels of the soil, while also increasing the success rate of seed germination.

kids playing on grass

If you’re going to pay to have your lawn overseeded, you want to ensure newly sown seeds have proper conditions. Help lay the groundwork (pun intended) for seeding the lawn by having nutrient-rich soil. Add compost during anytime, but especially before seeding, for a healthy, green lawn.

Further Reading:

If you want to learn more about the benefits of compost, read this detailed report from Cornell about the effects of compost on turf grass diseases.

“After nearly 60 years of heavy reliance on chemical inputs, we find ourselves in the midst of a resurgence in the use of organic matter amendments and topdressings for managing high quality turf grass. Recent research on the use of composts on turf grass has focused on the suppression of turf grass diseases, the potential for reducing fungicide and fertilizer inputs, and the effects of composts on the physical, chemical, and microbiological properties of soils.”

Nelson, E.B. & Boehm, M.J. – Cornell University 2002

Read the full report

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