Topping Off Lawn with Compost

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My lawn is looking really good this year. I have one spot on the skinny side of the driveway that has been giving me trouble since I moved into this house about five years ago. This spring, I tried something I had heard about in a turfgrass training workshop last winter, on about half of the area that was giving me trouble. I top dressed the area in March with some compost. I only did half the area, for two reasons. The first reason is that I originally bought the compost to add to my garden. The second reason is that what I had left over only covered half the area.

Mind you the compost was the composted yard waste that I purchased at the transfer station on Hibbs Road in Newport, so it didn’t have an extremely high nutrient level. In the training, I learned that it was the organic matter and not the nutrient levels that was so important.

The issue was that there was grass in that area, but it didn’t matter that I had fertilized the lawn, it just wouldn’t really grow or green up. The soil test showed that the pH and nutrient levels were where they needed to be for good grass growth, but the grass just wouldn’t grow.

I’m sharing this here in the lawn section this month because I’ll forget about it come March and it won’t get into the article. Also, I want to give anyone who is having difficulty getting grass to grow in sandy soil plenty of time to decide if they want to spend the time, money and effort to spread compost over the lawn to make it grow better next year. I know I’ll be getting another load, and not just for the garden this time.