Top dressing

Topdressing should only be applied when the grass surface is relatively dry and it should be worked into the sward. Generally this is done using the back of a rake or stiff brush. The application of the topdressing should not be so much that it smothers the grass when work has finished. Once the operation has been completed, there should be no obvious clumps of topdressing on the surface and the grass should be clearly visible. Watering the lawn when you have finished will put the final touches to the job.

Do not mow immediately after applying the dressing, as mowing may remove some of the dressing and may cause damage and unnecessary wear to the mower.

Gloves should be worn when using topdressing and hands washed after use.

When to apply top​dressing

Rolawn Lawn Topdressing can be applied anytime, when the grass is actively growing.

Spring & autumn – application of up to 3 litres/m2 (3mm deep) of topdressing will assist in levelling the lawn, repairing worn & patchy areas, improving drainage, minimising thatch and promoting grass growth. If required, it should be done in conjunction with:

  • Scarification
  • Hollow tining/forking
  • Fertilising
  • Overseeding

Summer – application of up to 1.5 litres/m2 (1.5mm deep) of topdressing will assist in routine maintenance as worn areas appear. If required, it should be done in conjunction with:-

  • Hollow tining/forking
  • Fertilising

NB. If drought conditions exist, do not apply topdressing, fertiliser or hollow tine/fork the area.

You can work out how much topdressing you need using our product calculator.

Info centre - topdressing your lawn