What is lime and how can it help my lawn thrive?
Lime is a calcium-containing inorganic material derived from limestone that is applied to lawns in order to make them less acidic and more alkaline. While most people will consider lime as part of the fertilizer regimen, that’s not the case at all. Again, lime is best utilized to optimize the pH levels of your lawn. Additionally, the recommended pH level for each lawn differed depending on the type of grass you have.
Remember, TurfMasters creates a custom-tailored lawn care program specific to your exact lawn, which includes the type of grass of which your lawn consists of. There is no “cookie-cutter” solution to keeping your lawn looking lush and green.
How does lime work?
Again, lime is one of the most effective ways to adjust the pH levels of your lawn to the preferable level. This, in turn, will help offset the soil’s acidity and can further improve the availability of the soil nutrients to your grass and plants. Remember, your lawn’s acidity will adjust over the course of the season and if it is too acidic, it will significantly impact the nitrogen levels (usually from fertilizer) that are available to both your grass and your flowering plants and shrubbery.
In short, lime will act as a stopgap to ensure that you’re not dealing with an over acidic lawn and allow your lawn to absorb more of the precious nutrients in the soil, thus further assisting in the base development of your grass.
What can cause my lawn’s pH levels to change?
In areas where there is a lot of rainfall, your lawn may actually lose some of its inherent calcium by way of leaching. This simply means that oversaturation of your lawn with water will actually push calcium out of your lawn and this will cause its acidity to rise. In our particular region, lawns can be subject to oversaturation of calcium, making them too high in alkaline, as well as undersaturated in calcium, resulting in an acidic lawn. However, the entire reason for applying lime to your lawn is to restore the soil’s pH level from acidic to a more favorable alkaline level. Not too much and not too little – again, this is why it’s important to ensure you’re hiring a professional lawn care company in Augusta and Columbia, as they’ll ensure your lawn’s pH levels are optimal for your specific type of grass, as well as your plants.
So, if you’re interested in having your lawn treated with lime, why not get a second opinion before potentially applying too much or too little? Call TurfMasters today in Augusta at 706-860-0101 or in Columbia at 803-522-4668 or feel free to fill out our contact form anytime. We look forward to hearing from you soon!