Several things can affect how healthy and beautiful your grass is. Grass requires water, oxygen, and nutrients to thrive. While your soil may have enough moisture and nutrients, the grassroots may not be able to absorb enough to keep the blades robust.
Acidic soil hinders grassroots and chokes nutrition availability. Rainfall and nutrient imbalances cause soil to become acidic over time. Adding lime to acidic soil helps maintain healthy, green grass.
Lime reduces soil acidity. Lime neutralizes fertilizer, rain, and slurry acids. Lime improves soil pH, making it less acidic. This increases agricultural yields and plant growth. Lime improves clay soil structure and sandy soil water retention.
Liquid lime fertilizer is a naturally occurring inorganic chemical that may be utilized as a soil amendment. These two minerals minimize soil acidity, which aids plant development. Add lime to acidic soil to help plants flourish. Lime is crucial for plant development.
Lime comes in powdered/ground and liquid forms. Lime has several forms. Each kind supplies grass with calcium carbonate. Limestone is necessary for plants and animals and prevents soil erosion.
Fertilizers shouldn’t contain caustic quick lime. It makes calcium hydroxide from soil acids. Reduces acidity. Overusing quick lime may coat the soil. This might hinder roots’ access to soil nutrients.
Slaked lime has small particles that dissolve quickly in water. Slaked lime improves soil moisture and acidity. It’s good for vegetable crops with a pH exceeding 7.0. Liquid lime is popular for its convenience.
Dolomitic lime has a higher magnesium concentration than calcitic lime. Magnesium absorbs light in chlorophyll. Low magnesium and iron levels can hinder plant development by reducing chlorophyll. Magnesium also stimulates plant enzymes.
When Should I Lime My Lawn?
Lime may improve your lawn’s health and look when applied properly. Climate and soil determine when to apply lime. Apply lime in fall or early spring.
Existing lawns need lime in the spring or fall. Apply lime when the air is cold to avoid burning your grass. In the heat, lime should be avoided. You shouldn’t apply lime to a frozen lawn or one that may freeze and thaw in the coming weeks. Sub-zero soil temperatures inhibit lime’s ability to raise soil pH.
How To Lime A Yard?
Drop spreading, rotary spreaders, and standard broadcasting are all ways to distribute lime to your grass. Each approach has pros and cons.
A drop-style spreader uniformly distributes lime across the lawn. A spinning blade spreads lime from a hopper onto the ground. Drop-style spreaders are useful yet restricted for spreading lime to big regions. They don’t work around trees and bushes.
Unlike drop-style spreaders, rotary spreaders have a wheeled frame. These devices cover enormous regions fast. They demand expertise. The size of the lawn determines the kind of spreader. Read your spreader’s manual.
Drop Or Rotary Spreader Application
Adjust the spreader to the required rate for your soil type and lawn size to apply lime. Spread lime from one corner of your grass outward. Each pass should overlap 6 inches (15 cm). After one pass, perform a perpendicular pass.
First, calibrate a broadcast spreader to add lime to your grass. Fill the spreader with pelletized lime and adjust the rate. Slowly brush lime throughout your yard. Don’t walk on treated areas. Adjust the spreader for unevenness.
Tractor-mounted broadcast spreaders are great for big regions. With pelletized lime, a standard broadcast spreader is easy to use. They sprinkle the lawn with water and lime pellets. The combination dissolves and combines with dirt as it lands.
Easy-to-use and low-maintenance, broadcast spreaders are popular. They are less efficient than other methods since they are incorrect and can overflow onto pavement, roads, and beds.
Liquid Lime Or Dry
Liquid lime has several advantages over dry. Liquid lime is simpler to distribute uniformly over a field, preventing hot patches and uniformizing soil pH. Liquid lime works faster than dried lime, thus it’s useful for individuals who need results soon. Liquid lime is pricey and hard to get.