Property owners all over our area are probably wondering if there is anything that they can do for their lawns now, in order to prepare it for a beautiful, healthy environment before the grass-growing season truly begins. Well, the answer is maybe. One thing that can be done in early Spring is to determine if your lawn is in need of lime, and if so, then now is the time for you to lime your lawn.
Lime for lawns is described as an additive for soil that naturally contains calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. It is made of ground limestone rock, and it is used to reduce acidity levels in the soil. It will also help improve the fertility of the soil, which helps with growth and the formation of a strong root system for your grass.
Lime is usually added to the surface of a lawn in late Fall or in early Spring. However, lime additions to a lawn should not be performed without knowing the acidity level of the soil first. If lime is applied to lawns that do not need this additive, then more damage can be done to your lawn, instead of providing any good benefit for it. As a property owner, you need to determine the pH level of your soil before making the decision to lime or not.
Most grass types in our area will thrive in soil that has a pH level between 5.5 and 7.2. Note that soil pH levels are measured on a scale from 0-14. If the pH number is low, then the soil is more acidic, and if the pH number is high, then the soil is alkaline. Neither too low or too high is optimum for a healthy lawn environment.
When you know the pH level of your soil and you determine if it has the appropriate pH level or not, then you can decide if more lime is needed. The correct amount of lime can work wonders for any lawn, because lime acts as an acidic balancer for the soil. If you have the correct amount of lime, then you create a soil environment that has the perfect pH balance for the nutrients in your grass. These nutrients help your grass blades to grow strong and remain rich in color. Lime is not meant to act as a replacement for fertilizer, but is used in conjunction with the appropriate fertilizer for your particular lawn.
The experts at Mighty Green Lawn Care offer soil acidity tests to determine the pH level of your soil, and we will also apply lime to your lawn if needed. We have the experience and equipment to apply the lime evenly and precisely to areas of your lawn that need the extra boost. Whether you know your lawn needs lime, or you need to have a soil acidity test done, please give us a call today. We offer free estimates on all of our lawn care services, and look forward to helping your turf thrive throughout the year!