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Compost as Lawn dressing?

IronSquirrelIronSquirrel London usuallyPosts: 68
I've heard of some people- even a lawn company- using compost as lawn dressing for autumn, rather than the traditional mix of loam, grit etc.

Anyone else heard of this, and will peat-free work as well?
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  • Gives the lawn a boost but does nothing for levelling, drainage etc.
  • Give it a can't do any harm. Let us know in Spring if it makes your lawn look better.
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 7,723
    I've put spent compost from pots and baskets on my lawn occasionally. It adds some organic matter (good on my sandy soil) without overdoing the nutrients, and it helped to level up some shallow dips by putting more on those areas. It looked a bit of a mess at first even after a good brushing in, but the grass soon grew up through it.
  • luisebrookluisebrook LondonPosts: 7
    We have always used humus from maple leaves as fertilizer for our clematis in the garden near the gate.

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,201
    The query is about using compost as a lawn dressing though, not using leaf mould for plants   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

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