Using a Compost Spreader for Even Compost Distribution
A lot of lawn owners think that spreading compost over the pre-existing lawn is an easy task. However, even a green keeping expert will find this job time-consuming when done manually. That is why many people prefer to use a compost spreader. This machine ensures even compost distribution and is a more efficient way to get the job done.
Kinds of Compost Spreaders
This machine is used for spreading or layering fertiliser over agricultural land. These days, it is also used to do topdressing over lawns, big garden space, and sports fields. There are different types of compost spears on the market that vary in sizes, qualities, and costs. These include the following:
- Industrial compost spreaders. These machines are attached behind tractors to top-dress the whole field with sand, topsoil, compost, or other materials. Some side composters are quite handy to spread in huge areas in a short time. Also, they can be used to spread manure because they can spate the clumped manure with ease before spreading it over the land.
- Small pulling spreaders. These spreaders are suitable for small lawns and gardens. They should be manually moved, so you must pick the best you can do so easily.
- Spreaders with a vertical bar. These machines maximise the amount of spray. Rather than throwing a big amount, the machine will break up and spray the material in a thinner layer that is more uniform than side sprayers. This offers a nice nutrient value to the soil.
- A box with horizontal bars. These spreaders allow you more control over the unit by controlling the width of the spray. With more width accuracy, you can spray an even layer along a long track of the field when working with long rows.
Tips for Topdressing the Lawn
Topdressing your lawn is a very labour-intensive endeavour. But, you can rent or buy a motorized spreader machine from a home improvement center to minimise the labour.
While routine topdressing improves thatch breakdown and improves the soil, it can raise the yard’s grade. But, you can avoid raising the yard too much by not topdressing the entire lawn routinely. Only treat bare spots when necessary and the entire lawn every few years.
When topdressing, time according to the type of grass you have. Warm-season grasses must be topdressed in the spring while cool-season grasses should be topdressed in the fall. This enables three or four mows before serious heat or cold sets in.