The Smell of Good Dirt
By: Julie Day
For me, this fall has been focused on getting my lawn re-established after having it graded over the summer. Following my own advice, I evened out most of the lumps and bumps by top-dressing and then sowed grass seed.
For the top-dressing, I opted to purchase a truckload of blended topsoil mix. It’s always made my plants happy but admittedly, as my young neighbor put it, “It smells like a trash can.” Honestly, smelling like a trash can has never stopped me before.
Almost a month later, my back has recovered from unloading over a ton of heavy soil with a shovel, my grass is sprouting, and everything’s looking nice and green. The topsoil still proudly advertises its ingredient list to every nose within a quarter-mile radius, but the grass is happy. And if the grass is happy, I’m happy!