Lawn Care Lime Strategies

World Of Lawn CareLawn care lime is something that is often misunderstood by many home gardeners and even some professional lawn care professionals. It is a beneficial treatment for lawns to increase the soil pH. The pH measures acidity or alkalinity which can determine the vigor and quality of your lawn. An ideal pH is between 6.0 and 7.0.

There are several factors that can require you to use lime on your lawn. The most likely cause is leaching of nutrients such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This can be a particularly common problem in areas of heavy rainfall. The use of too much fertilizer can also increase the acid levels too high in the soil requiring the need for lime. Overly acidic irrigation water can also be a contributing factor.

When soil pH is measured below 6.0, a lime lawn care treatment can be helpful to help increase the lawn’s ability to use nutrients. The amount that should be used depends on several factors including the type of lime material used and how often it is being applied. To find out more about lawn care lime specifications, contact the experts at World of Lawn Care who can provide you with advice and suggestions.

Some lawn care professionals recommend that lime be applied annually, but this is actually not a good idea. Without proper soil testing, the addition of lime could actually create alkaline conditions which can quickly damage an otherwise healthy lawn.

Free seasonal remindersOnce you determine that lawn care lime is needed, it can be applied at almost any time of the year. However, it should not be applied with a spreader when grass is covered in frost or is wilted. After applying, the lawn should be irrigated to remove lime from the grass itself.

There are several different varieties of lime on the market. Dolomitic, ground, and pelletized limestone are all suitable for a lime lawn care treatment. Gypsum, also called calcium sulfate, is not a good choice as it isn’t effective on changing soil pH. As well, stay away from burned or hydrated lime treatments that are both hazardous and difficult to apply.

At the World of Lawn Care, we’re dedicated to answering your lawn care questions and helping you to grow the turf of your dreams. Give us a call today at 1-866-399-5562!

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