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By Stu

Cleveland, United Kingdom Gb

The property we moved into last July has a lawn that is bumpy and I think compacted. It was full of weeds but after a couple of applications of weed & feed they have all gone. In the spring I planned to work on it to get it into some kind of better shape.

If I buy/hire a lawn aerator/plugger what should I fill the holes in with?

I think I also need to top dress it, What should I top dress it with?

Any help & advice would be most appreciated.



I would start by scarifying the lawn. Unless you have a poor drainage problem, I would just use a garden fork and go all over spiking the lawn. For top dressing perhaps 2 parts of sharp sand, (Not horticultural) to 1 of fine, sifted top soil. To this, I would add some fine bone meal. Give it a good covering as the new growth will soon come through. This will give a slow release of nitrogen and phosphorous which will encourage good root growth in the Spring. Try to walk on the prepared lawn a little as possible. You could buy prepared lawn dressing but my way should be somewhat cheaper.

12 Jan, 2019


Many thanks.

12 Jan, 2019


Weeds are natures way to feed the pollinators!!

29 Jan, 2019

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