Compost - Tilling in VS Topdressing
As I read through thread after thread, I see two lines of thought with composting. One method seemes to be just throw it on top of whatever bed needs it whenever it's fully cooked.
Another group seems to save it a little until they amend a whole bed and then they till or turn the compost into the dirt.
I find myself thinking that turning it in the soil is going to be more beneficial for water retention, drainage and nutrient disbursement. I mean the roots of your plants are under the soil for the most part, not at the top, so topdressing would require the nutrients to be leached down through the soil.
If you are in either camp, please lay out your thought process as to why you do it your way. I do see that it would be much less work to topdress, so maybe that is the only benefit to doing it that way, not that saving a lot of time and effort isn't a worthy reason. But at my current age and energy level, I am only really looking for optimal, so more work is fine by me.