How to Top Dress Your Lawn

Maintaining a healthy lawn can be a challenge, but top dressing is one of the most effective methods to keep your grass green and vibrant. We've put together a comprehensive guide on all you need to know about top dressing your lawn!

What is Top Dressing?

Top dressing involves applying a thin layer of compost, soil, or sand over your lawn. This process helps improve soil quality, enhances drainage, encourages healthy root growth, and provides essential nutrients to the grass. Regular top dressing can help your lawn recover from wear and tear, making it more resilient to diseases and pests.

Why Use Our Lawn Top Dressing Compost?

Our lawn top dressing compost is specifically formulated to provide your lawn with the optimal balance of nutrients and organic matter. Here are some benefits of using our product:

  • Nutrient-rich: Packed with essential nutrients that promote healthy grass growth.
  • Improves soil structure: Enhances soil aeration and drainage, preventing waterlogging and compaction.
  • Easy to Apply: Finely screened for easy spreading and quick absorption.
  • Sustainable: Made from high-quality, organic materials, promoting environmentally friendly gardening.

When to Top Dress Your Lawn

The best times to top dress your lawn are during the growing seasons – spring (April to May) and autumn (September to October). These periods provide optimal conditions for grass to recover and integrate the new compost layer effectively.

Step-by-Step Guide

Prepare Your Lawn

  • Mow the Lawn: Cut your grass shorter than usual, but not so short that you scalp it. Aim for a height of around 2.5 cm.
  • Dethatch and Aerate: Remove any thatch (dead grass and organic debris) using a rake or dethatching tool. Aerate the lawn using a garden fork or aerator to create small holes, allowing the compost to penetrate the soil.

Choose the Right Day

  • Pick a dry day with minimal wind. Wet weather can make the compost clumpy, and windy conditions can cause uneven distribution.

Apply the Top Dressing

  • Calculate the amount of compost needed: Generally, you should apply a layer of about 6 mm depth. For an average-sized lawn (100 square meters), you will need approximately 1 bulk bag of top dressing compost.
  • Spread Evenly: Use a shovel to distribute the compost across your lawn in small piles. Then, use the back of a rake or a levelling lute to spread it evenly, filling in any low spots. Ensure the grass blades are still visible through the compost layer.

Work the Compost into the Soil

  • Brush and Water: Gently brush the compost into the grass using a broom or the back of a rake. Water the lawn lightly to help the compost settle into the soil.


  • Monitor and Maintain: Keep an eye on your lawn over the next few weeks. Water regularly, especially if the weather is dry. Avoid heavy foot traffic until the grass has started to grow through the compost layer.

Remember, regular maintenance and proper care are key to achieving the best results. Happy gardening!