Keeping a lawn looking healthy and green is no easy task. You know that and have done everything to ensure that it looks its best. But if you see patchy grass, lawn moss, or lots of weeds cropping up in your lawn, chances are that it needs some lime. “What is lime?” you ask. Let’s dig a little deep to understand what lime is and how it helps the soil. Get in the know before you decide on adding it as a part of your lawn care regimen.
What Is Lime? Lime is a rock powder soil amendment derived from limestone rock. It is made up of calcium and magnesium carbonate and can keep the soil’s pH balance in check if applied in the right quantity. pH balance is the measure of the soil’s acidity or alkalinity.
Lime should be applied if the soil’s pH level is low. An ideal pH balance for soil is between 6.0 and 7.0. Anything between the 6-7 range is deemed neutral. Low pH balance means that the soil is more acidic. Higher pH balance means that it is alkaline. Doing a regular soil patch test shows you how healthy your soil is, and you can treat it accordingly when needed.
To do a pH balance test, you need to take soil samples from different parts of your lawn and mix them thoroughly. You can either test the pH balance of this well-mixed soil sample with a home test kit that can be bought from any gardening store, or you can send the sample to your local extension office for testing.
GREENSKEEPER is your one-stop lawn solution for all your lawn care needs. Connect with our expert lawn care consultants to evaluate your lawn and make recommendations for updates and repairs, including liming, aeration, fertilizer treatments, and overseeding.
Learn more about adding lime to your property. Call GREENSKEEPER at (215) 938-8440. You can also contact us using our online form for a free quote.