When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.
When the growing season comes around, you'll want to pay particular attention to your lawn. If it's looking a little worse for wear following a rough few months, you may need to give it a little help to return to its lush and verdant state. So, why should you think about introducing some topsoil so you can strike the right pH balance and get ready for the better weather ahead?
Best Approach for New Growth
Top soil is the lifeblood of any garden space and can often restore an area that has been deprived or may need a helping hand. Yet, you need to pick the correct type of top soil and should only look at organic products as these will have been rigorously tested and adjusted for quality.
The Benefits of Organic Top Soil
Organic top soils do come in many different forms but will often feature a good balance of organic matter, with some salt, sand or clay for added texture. The products have been specifically designed to help manage water and retain it as needed so the grass above can grow and thrive. In other words, the soil will regulate how water filters down into the ground beneath, so you can also manage your precious water resource and keep your water bill in check. Remember, organic top soil does not contain any toxins or chemicals and will have been carefully modified to reach the perfect pH balance.
How to Introduce New Top Soil
Before you add any new top soil, make sure that the ground is aerated properly. You can use a garden fork to make holes that penetrate down to the root level, letting in air and nutrients.
Then, add the top soil on top of the lawn in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. You need to regulate how much you lay down, so you do not risk overwhelming the existing grass but can let the leaves grow through instead.
Many people will then add an overseed product strategically. You will certainly need to keep everything watered every day for the initial weeks to let the organic top soil do its work and foster new, strong growth.
Getting Further Information
Talk with your landscape supply expert and see what type of top soil they recommend for your location. They will give you additional or more specific information about how to add and manage your soil supply to get the best possible result from your efforts.