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A lush lawn needs healthy soil and ‘Top-Dressing’ or adding a thin layer of rich soil or compost over your lawn can improve the soil without damaging existing turf. Big Yellow Bag’s Alberta Gold Black Garden Soil contains the ideal blend of black peat moss and Class A compost to enrich existing lawns. Top-Dressing improves lawns as organic matter breaks down and filters through existing soil to improve texture and overall health.

Top-Dressing can:

  • Improve drainage and drought-resistance
  • Even out the terrain
  • Improve water holding capacity
  • Transform your lawn into organic, low-maintenance, healthy turf

When to Top-Dress:

  • Ideally in early fall or early spring to give your grass time to grow through 3-4 mowings before severe cold or heat, especially if overseeding.

How to Top Dress:

Step 1: Aerate

Lawns should be aerated every 2-3 years so start with a core aeration. This removes plugs of soil from the ground to leave channels for air, water, and top-dressing mixture to penetrate the lawn.

Step 2: Apply Top-Dressing

Shovel out small sections (2-3 shovelfuls) of Alberta Gold Black Garden Soil onto your lawn at spaced intervals. Spread the top-dressing mix ½” or less over the existing grass using the back side of a heavy garden rake, working it into aeration holes and covering low spots.

Step 3: Water and Adjust

Water the area well, let the lawn settle for a day or two, then go back with your rake and smooth out any hollows or bumps.

Step 4: Plant Grass if Needed

Replant grass in any bare spots. Existing grass should be able to grow through as much as an inch of top-dressing.