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Create the Wow-Factor in Austin Lawns

FACT: Great turf requires soil renovation​.

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Topdressing and Aeration Service San Antonio

Take Your Lawn to the Next Level in 3 Way​s

Austin-area lawns rest upon compacted, caliche-laden, black clay with a thin layer of sandy loam…
void of nutrients and healthy roots.​​

That’s why we have a dedicated team for adding compost.

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Liquid Lawn Aeration

1) This is the superior way for creating pathways for water & nutrients in compacted soil.  

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2) Infuse microbial, nutrient-rich organic matter, it’s a B12 shot for your soil.

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3) Ensure even distribution of water and nutrients in your grass.

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Liquid Lawn Aeration in Austin

For roots that grow deep & broad…
& a yard that turns heads.

Prices starting at $69.29…

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Why Should I Aerate?

Compacted soil restricts root growth. Liquid aeration, rather than core aeration, penetrates deeper & wider, creating thousands of pathways for nutrients, water & roots.​

Spring and Fall Lawn Care

When do I Aerate?

Ideally, apply 2X per year. Once, prior to top dressing & spring fertilization, and again between fall & winter.

Soil & Turf Health

You Will See Results.

Most customers see results in as little as 10 days! Now your roots will reach deeper & grow broader, essential for amazing turf.

Local Topsoil in AustinJump-Starts Turf Health

Central Texas soil is notoriously poor. It lacks nutrients with has high pH (i.e. anemic).

But…our “dirt-geeks” will fix that with organic, locally-sourced topdressing.

Prices Starting at $350…

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Why Topdressing?

We locally source & audit our lawn topdressing. This concentrated combination of organic matter & nutrients triggers microbial activity your roots need.

When to Apply Topsoil in San Antonio

When to Apply?

We apply our top dressing January through May and September through December. The root density & growth of your grass will increase noticeably!

Lawn Leveling​

USGA-grade top-dress sand smooths out bumps & fills in holes in your grass to ensure nutrients don’t run-off.​

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Professional Grade Application

Emerald Lawns deploys a leveling rake, as well as custom-built equipment with a large, commercial-grade brush to sweep sand into shallow spaces and off higher areas.

Leveling Service Sand

Highest Quality of Sand​

If the USGA uses it, you know it’s good. Not only will this help improve drainage, it also accelerates thatch decomposition and helps neutralize acidic Central Texas soil.​

Leveling Service Guaranteed Results

Results Guaranteed​

Protect your lawn from over-saturation, fungus, and lawn disease. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed; if something looks “off” we’ll come back out & get it right.​


Serving all of Greater Austin: Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Georgetown, Hutto, Lakeway, Leander, Liberty Hill, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Westlake, & more.

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Where can I get a rebate for Topdressing?2024-07-12T11:03:47-05:00

Here is a list of a few municipalities that participate. If your city is not listed, please check your local utility website.

What is Emerald Lawns topdressing composed of?2024-07-18T13:24:07-05:00

As with all other applications Emerald Lawns chooses for improving soil health, we carefully select our topsoil based on the needs for Central Texas soil (which is compact, clay with high pH).

Cotton Burr – because it contains both macronutrients and micronutrients is a valuable ingredient for soil and turf-root restoration thereby aiding plant growth in the spring.

The burr is comprised of the cotton plant’s organic leftovers such as its seeds, stalks, and leaves which are a nutrient-dense and rich source of nitrogen for the compost. In addition to its nutrients, cotton burr contains high levels of useful microbes and bacteria which are outstanding for loosening clay soil. These properties make it a first-rate ingredient for amending the soil.

Pine Shavings – help the soil retain moisture, and will contribute to the flow of oxygen, water, and nutrients into the soil through the pores it creates. The pine is an excellent source of potassium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, and additional minerals to restore the soil composition.

Pine Sawdust – is used to add carbon to the mix and to balance the nitrogen. In the fall your soil doesn’t require a “double-shot” of nitrogen for turf growth.

Rice Hulls– have three valuable attributes for amending the soil. They assist in water retention, aeration, and add organic matter to the soil, which are important in the fall and winter months.

Do I mow before or after service?2021-11-10T10:47:43-05:00

Though there are no hard, fast rules to lawn care, as a general rule, the grass should be mowed before topdressing and aeration. This removes excess lawn waste and exposes the soil, which helps the fertilizer work more efficiently.

When should I see results from my lawn aeration treatment?2024-07-19T08:46:51-05:00

If you are watering and mowing correctly, as a rule of thumb, during the growing season you should see results in 2 weeks. For weed treatments (and depending on the specific weed type) you should see “curling & wilting” in about a week. It may take up to 3 weeks for weeds to die, longer in the winter, early spring, and late fall.

How do I know if I need topdressing?2021-02-16T13:21:12-05:00

If your lawn is thin, dull in color, and/or subject to heat stress. Due to our thin and poor soil, topdressing is the single most effective solution you can do for your soil and lawn regardless of its age! We strongly recommend 1 application each year.

What does topdressing cost at Emerald Lawns?2021-02-16T13:24:17-05:00

This will require a sales representative to measure your lawn and/or the specific area you desire to apply the topdressing!

When should I see results from my last topdressing treatment?2022-10-04T10:23:15-05:00

If you combined liquid aeration and topdressing, you will notice results faster and that last longer. When the temperatures warm up you will notice your lawn to be more vibrant. The key to remember – with topdressing, you are improving your soil’s composition which improves with an annual application.

When is the best time to apply topdressing to my lawn?2024-07-18T13:26:59-05:00

There are 2 primary windows for optimum results! The 1st is January – May and the 2nd is late September – December.

Do I need to aerate my lawn if I get topdressing?2021-02-16T14:39:12-05:00

We strongly encourage liquid aeration and topdressing! Liquid aeration opens up pores, creating pathways that run deep and broad for the nutrients to flow down to. Your roots will “chase” those nutrients thereby making your root system deep and dense. This in turn produces thick healthy turf!

How can I prevent drought stress?2022-09-15T14:11:47-05:00

In dry Texas weather, preventing drought stress can be a challenge.

Here are steps to help prevent drought stress in your lawn!

1. Use the Cycle & Soak Watering Method. Water your lawn in three or four shorter cycles until you’ve reached 1″ of water. Shorter cycles allow the water to soak into the soil a little at a time, avoiding a runoff. Not only will you incrementally increase the depth of the water’s reach, but you’ll also promote deeper roots and healthier plants.

2. Maintain proper seasonal mowing heights. Protect your lawn from drought stress by cutting no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade when mowing.

3. Utilize Water Retention Applications (surfactants) & Optimized Irrigation Systems. Our team can ensure that your lawn water is being retained and isn’t wasted via excess evaporation or runoff.

4. Grass Cycle – Keep the grass clippings, don’t bag them. The clippings have water in them as well as nutrients that are vital for your drought-stressed lawn. Return them to the soil. Your lawn will look like it needs to be raked. Don’t worry! The grass blades will quickly fall between the standing grass blades and disappear from sight.

These articles may be helpful as well:

Cycle & Soak Watering Method

Ways to Avoid Drought Stress

Water Retention Applications

Irrigation Audits & Maintenance

What type of soil is in Texas?2024-07-12T10:56:10-05:00

In many areas across Texas, soil is thin, full of clay, and on a layer of Limestone.

As many of our customers can attest, it takes some intentionality and extra love to get a gorgeous lawn (especially one worthy of the “lawn of year” title).

During your home’s construction, the yard is stripped of any soil, compacted due to the build, and then topped with a thin layer of soil and a patch of grass. You are then left with shallow, compacted, and hard soil.

Compaction from construction and Limestone are the leading causes of soil issues in Texas, requiring soil amendment.

For more info, read this blog

Or, check out this video with our owner, Luke Hawthorne

For leveling, how big of a hole can we fill with one application?2023-09-13T12:53:47-05:00

Our topdressing machine will apply a smooth, even layer of sand, about ½” thick. For larger divots, we will shovel sand to fill in problem spots and deploy our leveling rake & commercial brush to smooth it over. We need to make sure about ¼” of grass protrudes through the sand so as not to cause damage to the existing turf.   

Will one leveling application smooth all the holes and bumps from the lawn?2023-09-13T12:52:35-05:00

Unfortunately, this is usually not the case. We will do our very best to smooth these out, however, after the application has settled, there can be additional pockets that will need to be filled. When we water (or it rains), the sand often filters down into tiny air pockets in the soil, creating a need for additional applications. 

When is the best time to apply the leveling sand to my lawn?2024-07-19T08:37:20-05:00

Any time the grass is actively growing is an excellent time to apply the leveling application, typically mid-May through mid-October. 

How often should I water my lawn after a leveling application?2024-07-19T08:40:09-05:00

We recommend it at least twice a week. The more frequently you water, the quicker it will allow the grass to grow through.

How soon can I apply a second leveling application if needed?2024-07-19T08:26:35-05:00

As long as we are still in the growing season and the previous application of sand has settled in, we can apply other applications as needed. 

Will the leveling sand get too hot in summer and burn my grass?2024-07-19T08:38:26-05:00

No, although the surface of sand will retain heat, it will stay relatively cool below the surface, leaving no adverse effects on the lawn. 

Should I mow my lawn before a leveling application?2023-08-01T15:00:56-05:00

Yes, mow at half the lawn mower height prior to application to allow a faster recovery. 

How will an application of leveling sand affect mowing the lawn?2023-07-31T16:42:37-05:00

Mowing the lawn in the area where sand has been applied will not be necessary until the sand settles” into the soil; typically, after two weeks. 

How does lawn leveling differ from grading?2024-07-12T08:22:43-05:00

Grading would strip the lawn prior to application causing weeks to months of recovery time; we do not perform this service. 

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