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Lawn Care Aeration & Topdressing in San Antonio

From Bulverde to Boerne, Helotes to New Braunfels, we create an environment where roots want to grow!

Topdressing and Aeration Service San Antonio
Topdressing and Aeration Service San Antonio

People are asking…
When do I aerate my lawn? & When to add compost?

Our pros know the optimum time for applying organic topdressing, liquid aeration, and chocolate loam (based on weather & soil conditions).

Improve Your Soil in Greater San Antonio!

Restore soil as nature intended. Open pathways in the ground, stimulate bio-organic 
activity, & increase soil depth for a lawn you’ll love.

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Liquid Aeration

Open up compacted soil for air & water using state-of-the-art liquid aeration. 

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Our compost adds biological organisms & organic matter for nutrient-rich soil.

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Chocolate Loam

Added in summer, this provides depth to your soil, reducing drought stress.

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Liquid Aeration

Why do I need to Aerate? & What does aeration do?

Your lawn is like an iceberg. Your roots should be deeper & broader than your grass is tall 
(which is essential for healthy turf).

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Why Aerate?

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

January to April & October to December are ideal. Apply prior to topdressing & spring fertilization.  Fall application helps recover from summer stress.

Soil & Turf Health

Results You Can See.

Having a vibrant root system enables thicker, greener turf. You will see results in as little as 7-10 days! Hard soil & non-porous clay have met their match.

When to Topdress Your Lawn & Why it’s Important

Spring or Fall compost is a must-have in San Antonio’s poor soil pH.

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Why Topdressing?

Our lawn topdressing service provides a dense source of carbon, nutrients & micro-organisms to infuse minerals into anemic soil.​
When to Apply Topsoil in San Antonio

When to Apply?

Ideally, topdressing your lawn between January-May & again between September-December are best. Spring topdressing provides organic matter turf needs, while a fall application helps recover from summer stress.

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What’s Chocolate Loam?

Shallow soil causes brown or “dull” spots in lawns. Applied in summer, this dense, chocolate loam provides soil depth for water to be absorbed & roots to grow.

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How Aeration, Organic Topdressing & Chocoloate Loam Work Together

Revitalized soil is key to a high performing lawn!

Homes built after 2002 have a thin soil laying atop limestone and caliche.

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Where can I get a rebate for Topdressing?2022-09-15T14:10:53-06:00

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?2022-09-14T15:52:09-06:00

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?2021-11-10T10:47:43-06:00

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?2022-07-27T12:32:53-06:00

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?2021-02-16T13:21:12-06:00

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?2021-02-16T13:24:17-06:00

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?2022-10-04T10:23:15-06:00

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?2021-02-16T14:35:39-06:00

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?2021-02-16T14:39:12-06:00

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?2022-09-15T14:11:47-06:00

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 Central Texas?2022-09-15T16:01:59-06:00

Central 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 poor soil in Central Texas.

For more info, read this blog

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

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