In these intense summers, it is really common for the top of the soil in beds and borders to dry out. This not only damages shallow rooted plants, but it can also stop water from penetrating the soil easily, leading to water running off or flooding.
The best way to keep soil capable of retaining and transporting water is to ensure it is healthy and aerated. One of the best ways to do this is to top dress your soil.
The key to viable, healthy, and alive soil is to work with nature, not against it!
Adding good quality organic matter (Manure, compost, bark) on to your beds and borders can help maintain the health of your soil in several ways.