Lime Applications

Why Do I Need Lime?

Weeds grow best in acidic soil while grass benefits from a neutral base. Lime neutralizes the soil ph and mitigates any adverse reactions to organic fertilizer. Bottom line healthy soil leads to healthy grass. Healthy grass combats weed development which leads to a beautiful lush lawn.

Is Liming Necessary?

Don't Add Lime Without a Soil Analysis!

Many lawn care companies will offer free lime and or tell you to add lime once a year. If your grass is actively growing and responding to  applications, you don't need to add anything at all. Lime raises soil pH. In some soil conditions, raising pH can cause Iron deficiency problems. With some types of grass, adding lime to your lawn can serious damage or even kill it. Unless you have had your soil analyzed and the results recommend the addition of lime, don't do it.

A soil test kit or pH probe used by the homeowner, or at the local garden center, to test soil pH may indicate the need for liming. However, these simple tests do not allow one to determine how much lime is needed to correct the acidic condition. The reason is that individual soils can differ greatly in the amount of lime required to raise the pH to some specified level between 6.0 and 7.0. This amount of lime for a particular soil is designated as the lime requirement on soil test reports. When a lime deficiency is detected Family Tree utilizes the Rutgers Agricultural Facility to get an accurate report for our customers.


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