# How much compost do I need to cover an acre?

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Using Compost

Finished compost is applied to the soil at rates from 5 to 50 ton per acre or 1 to 10 five-gallon buckets (about 20-25 lbs/bucket) per 100 square feet. This would range from less than one-quarter inch to one inch deep. More than that is not needed and not recommended.

Can I use compost as top dressing? 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.

### how do I calculate how much compost I need?

20ft = 240 inches, so 240 inches x 240 inches = 57,600 square inches of land to cover. Multiply by 2 inches of depth: 57,600 x 2 = 115,200 cubic inches of compost required. Divide by 46,656 to convert to cubic yards: 115,200/46,656 = 2.47 cubic yards of compost.

Should I spread compost on my lawn? However you spread compost on top of an existing lawn, don’t apply too much. Compost should be spread no more than a half-inch deep. Adding compost will help your lawn’s soil retain moisture during the long hot months of summer, keeping your grass greener longer. That’s a good thing!

### how many square feet does a yard of compost cover?

A yard of any material will cover approximately 100 square feet at 3 inches of depth.

### How much sand do I need for top dressing?

A good starting point is 100 pounds of dry sand per 1,000 square feet of putting surface. Research at Rutgers University has demonstrated that topdressing every two weeks at this rate improves turf quality and lessens the severity of anthracnose symptoms.

### how much compost do I need for top dressing?

Determine the appropriate compost application depth for your project. The general rule of thumb is 1/4 to 1/2 inch if applying to the top of the soil and 1 to 2 inches if you plan to amend the soil. Recommended maximums are 30% to 50% compost in a soil blend, but no more than 30% compost in containers or raised beds.

### What is the best top dressing for lawns?

Sand is sometimes used as a topdressing material on lawns with heavy, clay soils or drainage problems. Usually applied after aerating, the sand fills in the holes and over time can alter the structure of the soil to allow for better drainage and a healthier grass.

### How much does a truckload of compost cost?

A reasonable price you should expect to pay for a cubic yard of commercial compost is about \$25-\$35 – although anything up to around \$50 could be possible.

### Can I put topsoil over existing lawn?

You can add topsoil to an existing lawn — and in some cases, you should. Adding a layer of topsoil to your lawn is called “topdressing,” and it’s a technique you can use to improve the look of your grass. It’s important you prepare correctly and choose the right type of soil for a great-looking lawn.

### Which is better compost or topsoil?

Topsoil is the layer of humus (partially decomposed organic matter) between the surface and the subsoil. Compost is not topsoil. It can be used to make topsoil or improve topsoil, but is the wrong product for many applications that call for topsoil. Don’t use compost as fill dirt, for example.

### How do you apply compost to an existing plant?

Rake and till the compost layer into the existing soil around your plants. In order to mix the compost into your existing soil, rake and till the compost into the upper 6 inches (15 cm) of the soil around your plants. This provides aeration and allows the nutrients in the compost to enrich your existing soil.

### Can you put too much manure in your garden?

Proper use of manure in the garden can supply your plants with nutrients and help improve soil structure. Adding too much manure can lead to nitrate leaching, nutrient runoff, excessive vegetative growth and, for some manures, salt damage.

### How many pounds of compost are in a cubic yard?

per cubic yard; Compost weighs between 1000 – 1600 lbs and soil blends weigh between 2200-2700 lbs.

### How do you mix compost into soil?

Before planting seeds or seedlings, spread 2 inches of compost over the garden area, then till the compost into the soil at a depth of 6 to 8 inches. For large gardens, conserve limited amounts of compost by adding one trowel’s worth of finished compost into each planting hole.

### How much is a ton of compost?

(Manure or dairy based compost and more aged compost will have higher bulk density.) Therefore two cubic yards are about one ton. At \$30 dollars per cubic yard or \$50 per ton, the range in cost per acre can be from \$50 to \$500 for 1 to 10 ton/acre.