Whether you’re currently thinking about planting a new lawn into your backyard or you simply want to make sure that your current one is getting all of the maintenance needed to keep it in tip top shape – you might have heard about something known as a “lime application.”
Sure, even though everyone is sure to have their own preferences when it comes to the way that we want our lawn to look – we’re sure that you’ll agree with us when we say that, as far as appearances are concerned, a lush green lawn should definitely be on the top of your checklist.
This is where the magic of a lime application comes into the picture. Lime has long been known to offer many benefits to lawns due to the fact that it has the ability to offer plenty of calcium to the soil. In turn, this can help to lower acid levels and rebalance the pH.
While it is not suitable for use on healthy lawns, lime can be a lifesaver. Below, we are going to be talking you through all of the main telltale signs that your lawn is in need of a little lime to help recover and regulate its pH levels. Just keep on reading!
What Are The Main Signs You Need To Apply Lime?
If you’ve taken the time to try every kind of weed killer, soil conditioner, lawn fertilizer (as well as every other lawn enrichment product there is) to no avail – it very well might be the time to consider a lime treatment.
Well? If you are finding that none of these products are working for you, then it might mean that the pH levels of your soil are way off, and this is where the magic of a lime treatment come sint of the mix.
Srill, if you’re not too sure about whether your lawn is going to need a lime treatment or not – here is a quick breakdown of the telltale signs to look out for that your lawn is in need of its pH levels re-balanced:
Your Soil Is Either Sandy Or Clay-Based:
This is one of the biggest indicators that your lawn is going to require the use of a lime treatment to help rebalance its natural pH levels.
This is because both sandy and clay soil are naturally acidic, which raises the chances of the pH levels becoming too acidic just that more likely.
The Growth Of Mosses Or Weed
Another huge indicator that you are going to need to take the time to apply a lime treatment to your lawn is if you can see the growth of mosses or different types of garden weeds that never grew in your lawn before.
You Live In A Rainfed Area Of The World
This is another strong indicator that you are going to need to consider applying a lime treatment!
If you live in an area of the world that experiences rainfall, then there is a higher chance of pH levels becoming unbalanced due to the higher levels of acid in the rain.
You’ve Recently Experienced A Drought
If you have recently experienced a drought and your lawn is seemingly having a difficult time recovering from it, you might need to consider using lime.
Your Lawn pH Levels Are Lower Than 6.2
Last but not least, if you have taken the time to run a pH test on your lawn and the results are anything lower than 6.2 – then this is another surefire sign that your lawn’s pH levels are not in the optimum range and you are going to need to consider using a lime application treatment to help bring the pH levels back to where they need to be.
How To Carry Out A Lime Application
After you have looked out for the telltale signs that we have listed to you above and determined that your lawn soil pH levels are lower than 6.2 – you are going to be ready to proceed with the lime treatment on your lawn.
Believe it or not, applying a lime treatment to your garden’s lawn is going to be a lot easier than you might think!
All you are going to need to do is visit your local home improvement store (any in your local area should be fine) and purchase some limestone pellets. You can use a powder version, but we think that the lime pellets are a lot more effective and affordable.
As a general rule of thumb, an average 20 pound bag of pellets should be enough to cover around 500 square feet, so make sure that you have planned how much you are going to need to effectively cover your lawn.
From there, you can then go ahead and begin applying the treatment.
In order to do this, all you will need to do is take either a rotary spreader or a drop and then begin to carefully distribute the lime pellets evenly over your lawn.
We do not recommend that you use your hands for this as you might find that the lime aggravates and irritates your skin. After you’ve applied, you can then leave as is and allow the lime to begin its lawn treatment.
Top Tip: If you want to boost the effectiveness of your lime treatment, we recommend doing it in early spring.
There we have it. We’ve made it to the end of the article!
After reading through this guide to lawn lime treatments, we are hoping that we have been able to help you not only learn about all the different benefits that lime has to offer your lawn, but we are also hoping that you have been able to learn all the telltale signs that your lawn is in need of a lime treatment.
Thank you for reading this guide, and good luck with the maintenance of your lawn!