Yup, I know that is what you were trying to say, I just put it into different words. Ahhh, now that is the proper terminology, however I might inject a "holding" in between those two words. The point here is your not really "saving" water (i.e. plants use less), your just using it more efficiently, which sometimes can mean lower water bills if water inputs are managed correctly. Please don't forget the importance of a well designed and managed irrigation system in those areas that use them. Personally I would like to see irrigation systems in the majority of residential and commercial lots become a thing of the past. Perhaps one day when fresh water because as scarce as gold. What do you think about swapping the order of a couple of those and adding a few more? 1) Soil Test and/or Bio-Assay ---wait for results--- 1) Core Aerate. If cores are too wet to breakup easily, go to next job. 2) Dethatch/verti-mow/power rake if required (power raking helps break up the cores) 3) Address deficiencies noted in soil tests 4) Top dress and rake with a good finished compost 5) Spray compost teas (optional if applying a compost with good biology present) 6) Check irrigation for damage and/or adjustment issues from coring/verti-mowing (if applicable) 7) Irrigate (if applicable) ---if irrigated, call it a day or proceed to next job--- 1) Over seed 2) Top dress with a good finished compost 3) Verify irrigation schedule is set properly for establishing seed and irrigate (if applicable) The first top dress is put down with the primary intent of filling in the coring holes, the second application as a seed covering. Of course on large properties or time is pressing, two applications is not really feasible, so adjust as the situation calls for it. The main thing you want to ensure is you get as much compost into the core holes as possible. On a new site that does have irrigation, everything above should be preceded by an irrigation audit. If deficiencies are found they should be corrected before continuing. This is probably the most important step in any type of landscape management program on irrigated properties, and is all too often overlooked. Remember, everything revolves around water.