First, a Message from the Owner, Luke Hawthorne:

“Something you may not know about me is that I’m a huge fisherman. Every time I get a chance, I’ll round up 3 to 4 co-workers or friends and head out to Port O’Conner.

It’s a tradition for us to stop along the way at my grandparents’ house in Luling and post a selfie on Facebook.

I love the views and the fishing, but the comradery is even better.

One of my biggest roles in Emerald is ‘fishing’ for new and better products.

I’m constantly researching the latest, greatest, and most natural ways to improve the makeup of Central Texas soil and my customers’ lawns.

This is one reason I’m so excited about 2021!”

The 8 Essentials Your Lawn is Craving and Our BIG Announcement

Aggressive weeds, poor pH soil, and Texas weather wreak havoc on your lawn, and frustration with many homeowners. Not anymore! We have developed a new custom blend especially for Central Texas.

Overview

This is our most significant update to our product line in the past 10 years.  Working alongside several of our key manufacturers and their team of scientists, we have developed a unique “brew”, where chemistry and biology unite, improving soil structure, infusing microbial activity, adding organic material and nutrients while improving water intake. This all ensures that your turf is healthier, thicker, and greener, even in the heat of summer.

Custom Blend Highlights

  • We’re putting the kaboom on those Texas-sized weeds with an entirely new formula. This is so BIG, we put all our technicians through a week of training and recalibrated our pumps, sprayers, and nozzles.
  • Impressive synergistic effects delivered by the combination of ingredients. Each application amplifies the impact of the other and reacting with soil, root, and water to produce significantly more microbial activity.  The end result is a thicker, deeper root system that yields healthier, dense turf choking out weeds and warding off disease and heat stress

What You Will Learn

Just like Colonel Sanders, we won’t give away our secret recipe, however, you will learn about many of the key ingredients within our custom blend and the 8-application program.

  • Timing – how each app builds upon the other
  • How we improve soil structure
  • Tuned to accommodate Central Texas weather
  • Develop a superior root system
  • Recommendations that will have your neighbors saying, “Why doesn’t our lawn look that good?!”

Round 1: January to February 

“Waking and shaking things up under the surface”

While your turf may still be dormant, the root system and soil never went to sleep. Your first round is just like breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

While the soil is cooler and able to retain water, our objective is to jump-start the soil and root system by opening the dirt’s “pores” enabling the nutrients to go deep and broad, wherein the root system “stretches” to chase them.

Noteworthy Ingredients: All work together to build a superior root system, the foundation of an amazing and healthy lawn.

  • A double shot of phosphorous (21%) helps the roots grow deep. Without phosphorus, root growth slows dramatically.
  • Like the first sips of morning coffee, we introduce nitrogen (16%) to stimulate the turf to grow taller.
  • To help any areas where the turf is thin or suffering drought or stress damage, we add some potassium (2%) which helps the root grow broad and dense.
  • Sea kelp is a natural bio-stimulator containing auxins, cytokinin’s and glutelin’s which are powerful growth hormones produced by plants. They are exactly what your roots and soil need at this time because they are found in the shoot and root tips and promote cell division and growth.
  • Humas improves your soil in several ways, helping it to retain water and nutrients. In addition, it detoxifies the soil, improves the growth of beneficial micro-organisms, helps balance our high pH levels, and further stimulates the soil’s bioactivity.

Note: With our new formula and application technique, we always spot treat weeds as needed.

Round 2: February to March

“Continue to thicken & develop root structure under the surface & choke out weeds on the surface”

Note: The two primary grass types we have in Central Texas are Bermuda and St. Augustine (and variants of these).

Building upon the first application we now focus our attention on weed control, while continuing to develop the root system, (helps turf to choke out weeds) to prepare for rapid growth and color. With warming trends in the 60’s to 70’s, coupled with light rains, warm-season grass seeds will begin germinating. Now is the time to focus our attention on weed control.
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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • Prodiamine(0.426%) picks up where last fall’s weed control barrier left off. Our pre-emergent is unique, as it prunes the roots on the new aggressive spring weeds without impacting the turf’s roots.
  • To jump-start the vertical growth of the grass, we up the nitrogen to 18%.
  • There is no need for additional phosphorus as it lasts a long time in the soil.
  • To maintain the root growth (both across your lawn and in density), we increase the potassium (4%). This helps repair any areas impacted by stress, drought, or thin patches of turf.
  • We’ll include a bonus shot of beneficial micro-organisms and bio-stimulators for soil health.

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Being an “aggressive” turf that produces weaving layers of grass (like plywood) our goal is density. This unique growth pattern is facilitated by stolon’s, which are horizontal growth shoots that travel just above the ground. As the grass continues gaining thickness, St. Augustine naturally chokes out weeds.

Noteworthy Ingredients:

If we see grub damage from the previous year, we add more phosphorous and potassium to help recover the lawn.

  • We use organic fertilizers whenever possible and ensure all our products are homogenized (which brings turf density) and are sustainable.
  • Promoting stolon growth, the nitrogen is raised to 18%.
  • Sulfur (16%) helps to balance Central Texas’ excessively high soil pH levels. High pH “locks” all the nutrients in the soil and keeps the plant from uptaking nutrients.
  • For increasing the grass color, we add Iron.
  • With density being the object, potassium (4%) achieves the desired result.

Note: We always spot treat weeds as needed. With our new formula, one for BERMUDA & another for ST. AUGUSTINE, and improved application technique, we’re more equipped than ever to take care of those weeds!

Pro-Tip

To vastly improve your soil structure and root system add Topdressing and Liquid Aeration between February and May. Liquid aeration is like taking a 2-lane road and making it a 6-lane highway, enabling water, air, and nutrients to go deeper and wider. Roots will chase and stretch to find this much-needed “food”.  Topdressing is chock-full of the organic matter your soil desperately needs.

Click Here to Learn more About Our Liquid Aeration!

Round 3: April to May

“Color burst on the surface & an ounce of prevention under the surface”

Under the surface, it’s time to rid your lovely lawn from damaging grub infestations & promote color burst on the surface. We double-down on yielding thick, green, grass as spring sun and warmth bring an explosion of color and growth. Temperatures reaching into the 80’s means that we all find ourselves out and enjoying the weather, as do those tiny, damaging lawn pests, grub worms! 

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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • With additional rain and a double shot of nitrogen (22%), your turf will grow tall, green, and lush.
  • As the soil temperatures rise, grubs become active, working their way up to the roots of your turf where they feed throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Imidacloprid is the most effective product in the industry, killing grubs for the entire year.
  • We re-introduce potassium (7%), promoting the roots to grow broad thereby increasing their density.

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With St. Augustine lawns promoting the growth of “runners” is paramount, our goal remains the same grass density. We also apply the highest quality and longest-lasting grub control. 

Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • For grub control, we use Acelepryn which is specifically formulated for St. Augustine and Zoysia grass and lasts the entire year. It needs to receive at least an inch of water after it is applied to help spread the systemic throughout the entire lawn.
  • Phosphorous (10%) is important as it promotes deep root growth which is vital right before the intense heat of summer.
  • St. Augustine appreciates potassium (10%) to sustain roots and encourage stolons to grow broad and increase in density.
  • The nitrogen (10%) helps the grass grow tall, lush, and green.

Note: We always spot treat weeds as needed, utilizing our new formula (one for BERMUDA & another for ST. AUGUSTINE) and enhanced application technique.

Round 4: May to June

“Making turf thick and green above the surface & reducing pH below.”

The dawn of summer is here. Thickening your lush, green turf is our main goal.  We continue to deepen the roots to improve water absorption in the dry summer months. Adjusting the pH levels is vital as the extreme pH (due to limestone) robs the turf from obtaining all the nutrients it needs as they remain “locked” in the soil. These months bring the most rain of the year. Warm soil and extra rain lead to bustling microbial activity beneath the surface.

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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • Applying sulfur (16%) helps reduce our high pH levels so your roots receive the organic matter they need to grow.
  • Maintaining potassium (4%) encourages the roots to grow broad and become dense which helps reduce thinning caused by drought or stress.
  • 18% nitrogen will not cause any “burning” while keeping the growth steady.

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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • Raising nitrogen content (18%) promotes continued stolon growth.
  • Applying sulfur (16%) helps reduce our high pH levels so your roots receive the organic matter they need to grow.
  • For increasing the grass color, we add iron.
  • With density being the object, potassium (4%) achieves the desired result.

Note: We always spot treat weeds as needed, utilizing our new formula (one for BERMUDA & another for ST. AUGUSTINE) and enhanced application technique.

Pro-Tip

While we love the ability to bake a dozen cookies on the dashboard of our pick-up come June, our lawns don’t necessarily agree. When temperatures rise, the soil will form a “waxy” coat to hold in the water it already has. While this is good for crops, it causes the water from your irrigation system to run off. Central Texas’s growth and drought make water restrictions an annual event, therefore, making the most of your water is paramount.  We highly recommend Hydratain which gets 50% more water into your soil.   The addition of chocolate loam adds soil depth thereby dramatically reducing the stress on your lawn and helping it stay green and healthy throughout the summer.

Rounds 5 & 6: June to September 

“Rejuvenation when you need it most above & below the surface”  

Our goal is to maintain the health and color of your turf and lightly feed it through the Texas heat. By adding organic matter, we achieve this without creating drought stress. Rising temperatures, longer sun exposure, and dry summer months put your lawn at risk of becoming unhealthy and experiencing discoloration from drought stress.

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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • Central Texas soil has excessively high pH levels, sulfur (16%) helps to balance this (high pH “locks” all the nutrients in the soil and keeps the plant from uptaking nutrients).
  • For increasing the grass color, we add iron.
  • Potassium (4%) achieves the desired density without growth.
  • Homogenized nitrogen (18%) greens without any burn.

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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • We keep the nitrogen low (6%) to maintain grass height
  • Adding a little phosphorous (3%) supports important leaf, stem, and root growth through the summer months.
  • A shot of iron (2%) sustains the nice rich green color.

Note: We always spot treat weeds as needed. With our new formula (one for BERMUDA & another for ST. AUGUSTINE) and application technique.

Round 7: September to October 

Fall brings somewhat cooler temperatures and the third-highest amount of rain for the year. The dog days of summer may be over, but your root system and turf need a lot of “TLC”. We have developed a “new-brew” just for this time of year.   

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This very well may be the most important round for Bermuda lawns.

Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • Sea Kelp not only rejuvenates with advanced bio stimulants its assists turf to resist pest & disease attacks.
  • To improve the growth of beneficial micro-organisms and increase the nutrient holding capacity of the roots Humus is beneficial. Moreover, it accelerates decomposed organic matter to become natural fertilizers for the soil.
  • The fight with excessive pH levels is ongoing, therefore sulfur (16%) is continued.
  • A 6-month weed control barrier kills weeds before they can mature. This is the highest quality on the market. (Big-box stores weed & feed only lasts 60 days and is not effective on a broad spectrum of weeds.)
  • Potassium (4%) plays a key role in the rejuvenation of areas that may have been impacted by drought stress.

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Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • A heavy dose of potassium keeps the stolon active promoting broad growth.
  • A tad bit of nitrogen (5%) maintains leaf growth throughout the fall.
  • Prodiamine is formulated for St. Augustine and Zoysia and we pay very special attention to how it is applied, ensuring no damage to the roots. (We have witnessed many St. Augustine lawns that have been damaged due to the fact they were “blanketed” with a heavy weed control product).

Round 8: November to December

Soil conditioning for the winter months”

Even though the grass goes dormant in the winter, the soil and roots systems do not, they are recuperating, and the high pH soil needs constant attention. Shorter days and cooling trends lead to the first frost of the season and eventual dormancy.

Noteworthy Ingredients:

  • Potassium (25%) plays a key role in the rejuvenation of areas that may have been impacted by drought stress.
  • More sulfur (17%) is critical in reducing the high pH levels from limestone and our water supply.

Call us for a free, no-obligation lawn evaluation to see if our 8-app program is for you: 512.990.2199.

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