Can you put compost on top of soil?
Spread the compost in a thick layer on top of exposed soil. Worms and other creatures will help the compost meld with the soil. Mulching is not only an easy way to apply compost but also keeps down weeds and helps your soil retain moisture. You can also use compost when potting indoor plants.
You can use compost to top-dress both new and existing lawns. On a seeded lawn: After sowing lawn grass seeds, apply a thin layer — about 1/4-inch — of compost as top-dressing to help maintain consistent soil moisture while seeds germinate and tender grass seedlings get established.
- One of the goals when planting a new lawn is keeping the grass seed in place until it germinates and establishes a root system to anchor it to the soil. Both goals can be achieved by placing a thin layer of straw over the grass and leaving it in place until grass seedlings appear.
- Fastest Cool-Season Grass. Perennial ryegrass seed germinates in seven to 10 days, compared to 10 to 14 days for tall fescue seed and 14 to 21 days for Kentucky bluegrass seed. Perennial ryegrass is one of the cool-season grasses to grow to obtain a thick lawn turf quickly.
- Applying Straw and Hay. A shallow layer of straw is all that's needed to help retain moisture for the soil and fresh seeds. One bale of straw covers approximately 2,000 square feet. Sprinkling it in a light layer allows it to decompose naturally so you won't have to rake it up once the grass has sprouted.
Updated: 2nd November 2019