Lime is Key for a Healthy Lawn
Cardinal Lawn Care ~ Providing Lawn Care in Arnold, MO Since 2010
Winter is around the corner, and you need to put your Arnold, MO lawn to bed for the season.
Liming your lawn is one way to tuck in your lawn. From tree leaves left on your lawn to grass clippings and summer fertilization, your property’s soil can become too acidic by the end of the season.
A winter application of lime allows your soil’s pH to gradually rise to the correct level of slightly acidic at 6.5.
In this blog post, you’ll learn more about pH scale, lime applied in winter, how it helps your soil and lawn grass, as well as what you need to do to make sure your lawn gets the required lime before winter fully sets in.
A Quick Reminder about pH
Remember back to middle school when you first learned about pH? You might have tested different substances to see if the pH strip would turn blue or red indicating alkalinity or acidity.
Also, the pH scale ranges from 0-14 with 7 being neutral, 0-6.5 is acidic, and 7.5-14 is alkaline. Healthy lawns need the soil to be ideally 6.5, which is slightly acidic.
What is Lime?
Lime is from limestone, a soft rock found throughout the United States. Lime is made up of calcium carbonate and is used to make the soil sweeter—or more alkaline.
Cardinal Lawn Care will visit your property, take samples of soil throughout your property, and determine missing nutrients and minerals as well as pH level.
If the test results show that you have acidic soil below 6.5, your lawn technician will recommend a winter application of lime.
And wintertime lime applications are best because they slowly absorb into the ground because of winter’s freeze/thaw cycles. By the time spring arrives, all lime should be well absorbed and have tipped the scale toward the ideal pH for turfgrass health.
How Lime Helps Your Lawn Grass
Your yard grass needs a slightly acidic soil for the plants’ root systems to develop. It also helps the grass’s root system absorb nutrients from the soil to be taken up through the entire plant.
Slightly acidic soil also allows your lawn grass to absorb nitrogen, an important mineral for development and color. Otherwise, your turfgrass would end up looking like a sickly yellow lawn.
What You Need To Do Next
While you can run to your nearest garden center or big box store to pick up a bag of lime, it’s best to hire a lawn care company. Why? Because they can perform a soil test, they use professional grade lime and will be able to determine how much lime you need to raise the pH in your soil.
At Cardinal Lawn Care, we’ll test your soil and apply the right amount of lime at the right time on your property.
If you’re ready to have your soil tested before it starts to snow, call us today at 314-686-3907 or fill out our contact form.
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Center for Turfgrass Science, “Lawn Management Through the Seasons,” PSU.edu.
Dyer, Mary, “Liming Lawn Tips: Tips to Lime Your Lawn Grass,” GardeningKnowHow.com.