A topdressing with compost is a great way to begin the process of refurbishing an aging and abused lawn. A little bit, just a quarter inch, spread and raked into a grassy area provides nutrients and introduces beneficial soil organisms. My husband took on this job for a high traffic area of our lawn. Unfortunately, the task involved a bit more work than anticipated, making it the topic of my Gardening Oops – GOOPs – post for May 2012.
October 5, 2009. Anyone who has ever … in the slightest … questioned whether compost is valuable, please take a look at the photo at the top of the New York Times article about the composting practices at Harvard University. Look at the darkness and richness of the soil plug dug from a heavily walked-upon lawn area at Harvard. That's the kind of soil all of us should strive for. It doesn't come in a bag of highly marketed "miracle" chemicals, or from applying the latest/newest/greatest perfect lawn technologies. Harvard's lawns come from good, solid organic gardening … really.