Does My Lawn Need a Lime Application?

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • December 21, 2017

Does My Lawn Need a Lime Application?

A lime application is used on lawns with low pH balance in the soil. Liming a neglected lawn will improve the availability of plant nutrients by altering the soil pH and offsetting soil acidity.

Signs That Your Lawn Needs Liming

One of the main signs that your lawn needs liming is when your soil is too acidic. This causes your lawn grass to struggle and encourages the growth of moss and weeds.

If you notice excess moss and weeds in your lawn, then it may be time to contact a professional to apply a lime application.

How to Detect Soil pH

The best way to find out if your lawn needs a lime application is to conduct a soil pH test. These tests are available in your local garden supply store or you can bring in a sample of your soil for them to test it for you.

Most grasses prefer a neutral soil level, which will be between 5.8 and 7.2. Soil pH that is lower than this means that it is too acidic and should be corrected with lime.

When is the Best Time to Apply Lime?

Lime can be applied throughout the year, but tends to be most effective in rainy and colder temperatures. These conditions help the lime break down and work into the soil.

The lime application can take several months to significantly change the soil’s pH level. But it’s worth the wait!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment for a lime application, please give us a call!

If you would like more information on lawn care, take a look at our Killingsworth Workbook: Lawn Care Tips, Tricks, and Checklists!

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