Athletic Field Services
Sport Turf Supply, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Sport Turf
Special Note: Sand will not correct bad grading. Bad grading is usually caused by a contractor rushing the finished
product due to weather, budget or a time constraint.
Topdressing is the process of adding a thin layer of material over the surface of turf. A variety of
materials can be used in a topdressing program including sand, peat moss, soil, and compost, as well as
mixtures of these mediums. While originally associated with the golf course industry, topdressing is
now used on golf courses, sports turf fields (incuding baseball, football, and soccer fields) and lawns.
Athletic turf managers use topdressing and aeration to help with field drainage and compaction
problems. Many turf managers are finding that topdressing their athletic fields improves their
playability. Some benefits provided by topdressing include a smoother playing surface, better turf
density and color derived from uniform moisture and growth, the elimination and control of thatch,
more efficient use of water resources, and an increased efficiency of fertilizers.