Topdressing Lawns with Soil3 Compost [video]

Hillary Thompson
Hillary is communications director for Super-Sod. She earned her BS in Horticulture from UGA and has spent the last 30 years marketing plants and gardening products. She used to be a tree snob, but after walking barefoot on a Zoysia lawn, is now a Zoysiagrass snob. When not picnicking on her own Zeon Zoysia lawn, growing vegetables, identifying roadside weeds, or planting hydrangeas and Japanese maples, she spends her time pursuing the domestic arts of knitting, cooking, canning, making things like beeswax candles, and throwing dinner parties. Her great love is helping customers learn how to take care of their lawns, garden better, and enjoy the journey.
August 25, 2016 1 minute read

Provide Natural Nutrients to Your Lawn by Topdressing with Compost

Using Soil³ humus compost to topdress your lawn adds the organic matter that offers beneficial microorganisms and much needed nutrients to your turf. Aerating before topdressing helps these nutrients reach the root zone and strengthen the root system.

Soil³ is OMRI Listed so you know you're practicing wise stewardship of your prized lawn.

topdressing with Soil3 (1)

Here's how:

The 4 step process is simple!

  1. Use a core aerator to aerate your lawn. We have complete written intructions on our Super-Sod website, check out: How to Aerate Your Lawn.
  2. Spread Soil³ using a shovel or compost spreader to 1/4 to 1/2" thick.
  3. Rake it into the root zone (so that the compost doesn't remain on top of the grass).
  4. Turn on the sprinkler to water it in. Watering will move any remaining Soil³ into the root zone.

Not sure how much soil you need for your project? Use our easy compost calculator.


This lawn has been topdressed with Soil³. It looks perfect doesn't it?

Video Tutorial

Watch this video teaching you how to topdress your lawn with Soil³ compost. 


How Much Soil³ to Use

  • 1 cubic yard of Soil³ will cover 1,000 square feet.
  • Not sure how much you need for your lawn or garden project? Calculate it!

Timing is Everything:

  • Aerate with a core aerator & topdress with Soil³ yearly
  • Warm-season grasses (Zoysia, Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine) should be done in the spring, just before, after, or during greenup
  • Fescue (a cool-season grass) should be done in the autumn

Pro Tips:

no topdress vs topdress w Soil3

On the left there is no Soil³; the greener half on the right was topdressed with Soil³. This was a test. Feel free to try it at home!

Rent a Compost Spreader

We have compost spreaders available to rent or purchase. The picture in the header shows our manual spreader and what a nice layer of Soil³ it spreads.

Determine which compost spreader is best for your lawn >>

Choose the right compost spreader for topdressing

Did this help you out? Have any questions for clarity? Leave a comment below!


Soil³ Guarantee

When you buy our BigYellowBag of Soil³ we are so confident that you will be happy with the quality of our product, that if it’s not to your satisfaction when we deliver it, we will pick up the unused bag for FREE and give you a 100% refund.