1) Unlike mechanical aeration, lawn preparation is not required.
No need to saturate lawns with water the night before
There is no need to mark or worry about damaged sprinkler heads, invisible fences or cable lines
No ugly dirt plugs left in yard
With proper watering after application, you will see noticeable results in 7-10 days
It’s less expensive than core aeration
Liquid aeration covers the entire lawn – not 20% as does with mechanical.
Liquid aeration penetrates much deeper and broader
Using “dirt chemistry” liquid aerations open thousand of pathways and keep them open for months
Your root system will receive significantly more air, water and nutrients than with core aeration.
When to Aerate?
January to April & October to December are ideal. Apply prior to topdressing & spring fertilization. Fall application helps recover from summer stress.
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.
Topdressing is Like a B-12 Shot for Your Lawn
The problem in central Texas is the soil does not contain much organic matter.
The soil found on the raw land tends to be clay over caliche or worse caliche at the surface in some areas.
Topdressing interacts with your lawn in much the same way bacteria, fungi, and other microbial activity interact inside your intestine. This microbial activity in your intestine lives in harmony in a symbiotic relationship with your body. When things are not right in your intestine bad things happen.
The soil under the lawn lives in the exact same symbiotic relationship as your body and intestine. Top dressing actually feeds the microbial activity in the lawns root network and helps it indirectly also in a symbiotic relationship. This microbial activity must have organic matter to flourish in the soil.
Topdressing pumps up the level of organic matter in the soil and allows the population of microbial activity in the soil to explode very quickly.
Literally topdressing is like organic B-12 for your lawn.
Topdressing causes the root network of the lawn to get much larger and more efficient at extracting water and nutrients.
Organic matter stimulates the microbial activity which allows the lawn to better extract nutrients and more water from the soil. This allows the lawn to also survive with less irrigation because the root networks now has the ability to extract more water from the soil.
Growth rates of all types of grass will increase by top dressing. This makes it harder for weeds to invade. This is especially true in Bermuda lawns. This decreases the need for herbicides to control weed issues.
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.
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.
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?Jennifer Trudeau2022-07-27T12:32:53-06:00
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.
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?Jennifer Trudeau2021-02-16T13:24:17-06:00
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?Jennifer Trudeau2021-02-16T14:35:39-06:00
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!
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.
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.
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?Kristen Parkhurst2023-09-13T12:52:35-06:00
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?Kristen Parkhurst2023-05-23T13:22:45-06:00