Top Dressing - Dillo Dirt
Pros: Adds micronutrients and increases biological activity in the soil. Increases soil porosity, which increases water utilization.
Cons: Often brings in insects and weeds. Often applied too thick, which suffocates the lawn, depriving it of sunlight. It also brings in disease and insects.
It seems everyone is jumping on the
dressing bandwagon. In Cedar Park and Round Rock, there are a couple of
companies selling the application of a Dillo Dirt top dressing. They are
selling 1/4" to 1/2" of product, applied over the lawn. What they are
delivering is 1/16" to 1/8" of a 30% chocolate loam mix. Sandy Loam is
preferred for Austin when Dillo Dirt isn't available. People are confused
between top dressing, composting and lawn leveling. You level with sand, not
Compost that you make on your property is a great thing for your gardens
and beds. Unfortunately, most of the commercially available compost blends
aren't turned properly, nor are they allowed to get hot enough. Furthermore,
they are nothing more than yard waste, taken to the landfill.
If you want to increase the efficiency of water applied to you lawn and landscape, there are many products available to do this, ranging from Surfactants, Humic Acid and Hydrogels. Aqualizer is the only product that is a combination of all three.
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