A couple years ago, I tried to improve the soil by spreading a layer of
top soil over the lawn. This involved manually spreading the top-soil,
and then use a large and wide landscape rake to smoothen the top soil
in order to prevent the top soil from smashing the grass. So far, I am
not sure if this has really helped anything. I cannot tell one way or
Please note that spreading top soil is a very time consuming and tiring
process. I only have a 1/4 arce property (with around 1/2 of the
property is lawn) and I was/am physically fit. Nevertheless, I was
very very tired after I had spreaded the top soil (took 2 days). I
promise myself never do this again unless I am doing this in very small
areas (like re-seeding bare spots in the lawn). Please think twice
before committing yourself to this course of action.
I also use mulching instead of bagging when I mow the lawn hoping that
this will add organic matters to the soil, and may improve the soil
quality. Again, I don't know if this really helps or not; but this
should not harm even if this doesn't help.
Compost, compost, compost.
A thin layer of well-rotted manure, instead of topsoil, will help, but
you may need to do it a few years in a row.
My soil has poor nutrition and compacts easily, I am working on
increasing the humus content by addng manure and mulching fall leaves.
Topsoil is a gamble when it comes to humus content.
In four years, my lawn soil is softer and the grass doesn't brown out
as fast in summer. Still a ways to go yet.
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