Most species of grass grow best in soil that is slightly acidic with a pH of 6 or 7. Soil with a pH below 5.5 is too alkaline for grass to grow well. Fertilizer will not help because the soil is too acidic to absorb nutrients. If your soil is too acidic, it could benefit from a lime treatment.
How to Figure out Your Soil’s pH
Soil pH can vary widely depending on your region’s climate. If you live in a desert area, you probably have alkaline soil and do not need lime. If you live in a region that gets a lot of rain and your lawn has acid-loving plants, you probably have acidic soil that could benefit from an application of lime. The only reliable way to determine the pH of your soil is to conduct a soil test. You can get a test kit at a garden center.
How to Decide If Your Lawn Needs Lime
You should only apply lime if your soil needs it. If you lime a lawn that does not need it, you could waste your time and could possibly make your lawn sick and yellow. Test your soil every year until it reaches the right pH level. After that, you will probably only need to use lime every few years.
When to Apply Lime
You can apply lime to your lawn between fall and early spring. Some people like to apply lime shortly before the fall’s first frost so the lime can be absorbed throughout the winter. Do not apply lime to your lawn if it is dry or soggy or during frosty weather. If you are planning to plant grass seed, apply lime just before you seed your lawn.
How to Treat Your Lawn with Lime
Several types of lime are sold in garden centers. Ask someone to help you choose the right one for your lawn. Pellets are generally easier to apply than powders. Follow the instructions on the label to use the correct amount based on the current pH of your soil.
You can use a drop-style or rotary spreader, depending on the type of lime you choose. Walk back and forth horizontally to spread half the lime and then walk back and forth vertically to spread the rest. This will help you make sure the grass is covered evenly.
Water Your Lawn after a Lime Treatment
Give your lawn a light watering after you apply lime. A sprinkler system can help you control the amount of water your lawn receives. It can water your lawn evenly and on a schedule so you can eliminate the task of using a garden hose. Sprinkler System Store has a wide selection of sprinklers and timers. Order one today.
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