LifestyleUnlock your lawn's potential: How strategic liming can boost growth and vibrancy

Unlock your lawn's potential: How strategic liming can boost growth and vibrancy

When should you lime the lawn?
When should you lime the lawn?
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8:31 AM EST, February 8, 2024

During the warm seasons, individuals looking to maintain a beautiful lawn should focus on fertilization, watering, and mowing. Mulching, which involves leaving a thin layer of grass after mowing, is another consideration worth looking into. This process supplies the soil with pivotal nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium while also curbing the growth of weeds.

We can help our lawn even earlier, specifically in late winter, before the grass begins to grow again - typically from mid-February to mid-March. This is the prime time for liming. The second suitable liming period is in the fall - from October to mid-November.

Efficiently liming your lawn

Liming involves distributing calcium carbonate fertilizer. Crucially, the quantity should correspond to the soil's quality (the instructions on the fertilizer's packaging will guide you in measurement). It's advisable, if possible, to determine the soil's acidity level before beginning this procedure. A soil's pH below 5.5 indicates the need for liming, a measurement that can be determined using a standard strip pH meter.

Avoid excessive liming frequency - typically, this procedure should be conducted every three years. It's also important to wait at least a month after liming before utilizing other grass fertilization methods or substances.

What can we anticipate from a well-executed liming process? This leads to an increase in soil pH, which subsequently improves its quality. Slightly acidic soil will absorb nutrients from fertilizers more efficiently, which the grass will absorb. As a result, the grass will grow quicker, the stems will become robust, and the color will be more vibrant.

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