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What is Topsoil?

Topsoil is the foundation of all plant health and plays an important role in how nutrients are available to the turf. It is recommended that you need at least 12 inches of topsoil for a healthy lawn; however, in most cases, when new homes are built they have all the good organic topsoil scraped away and sold. They then come back and put 2–3 inches of topsoil down over hard compacted topsoil and lay the sod. This makes it difficult for new home lawns to develop good rooting systems, and they become thin and weed-infested in a very short period.

How do I keep my Topsoil healthy?

Fertilizers help keep the lawn healthy, which helps develop a thicker lawn, and as the grass plants decay, they add valuable organic matter back into the topsoil. Aeration helps in breaking up the hard compacted fsimg, allowing nutrients to get to the roots, as well as air and water. Weed Man can help by offering services like fertilization and aeration. All the products that Weed Man uses on the lawn are biodegradable, breaking down into carbon, hydrogen and trace amounts of chlorine.

What is Top Dressing?

Sometimes, lawns require top dressing in order to help put more organic matter into the soil. Often, just regular applications and aeration will help over time. Top dressing is done to help right away, and is best done after aeration, as the top dressing will fill the aeration cores. When using top dressing, customers must ensure they do not completely cover the grass as it may smother and kill it. It is important that the fsimg be screened from any weed seeds, and make sure it is from a reliable source, as it can sometimes lead to other problems such as undesirable weed infestations.

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With all of the rain and possible clumping this spring, the mowing tech took the extra time to get it right and left it looking good.


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Mechanical Core ​Aeration

Core aeration is the removal of small cores of soil and thatch from your lawn. Learn the benefits of core aeration, how it's done, and when to aerate your lawn with the help of DeVries Landscape Management.