Why Lime On Your Lawn?

outlook_E60a_bannerYour lawn. You fertilize it. You water and mow it to the right height but it still looks pale and thin. It’s frustrating and you just wonder how other people can have success in growing a deep green and thick stand of grass.

What you may be missing might be your soil’s pH. Now we know the mere mention of ‘pH’ brings back often unpleasant memories of high school chemistry class, but it’s not complex at all. Simply put, pH refers to how acidic or alkaline your soil is. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 14, 7 is neutral, lower numbers acidic and higher number alkaline.

Most turf grass prefers to grow in soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7 – very slightly acidic. Outside this range the grass can’t efficiently use the nutrients in fertilizer. Think of it this way, if pH is too low or high you’re wasting much of the fertilizer you apply. Get it right and grass can use all of the fertilizer and reward your efforts with a deep green color and thick dense turf.

In areas of the country where rainfall is abundant like the north-east and mid-Atlantic regions, soils tend to be acidic. While this is good for pine and oak trees it is not ideal for growing a high quality lawn. You might have heard that correcting this is very easy by applying lime. You may have even tried it and been put off by handling hundreds of pounds of dusty material that turned your driveway white. It doesn’t need to be that way.

Now there is a new product called Espoma Organic Lightning Lime. Lightning Lime is no ordinary bag of lime! A single 30 lb. bag can cover up to 5,000 sq. ft. meaning you save the effort of spreading up to 500 lbs. of ordinary lime over your lawn and waiting an entire season for it to work. Lightning Lime is virtually dust free and granulated for easy applications. And it can correct acid soils in as little as six weeks so your lawn can look its best. Lightning Lime is enhanced with natural humic acid that helps the soil and plants convert the lime into an immediately available form. It’s ultra-fast and often a single application in the early spring is often all that is required to get things right.

Apply Lightning Lime any time the ground is not frozen – ideally in the early spring. Use it in conjunction with the Espoma Organic Annual Feeding Program. And remember, all Espoma Organic Lawn Products are part of the Esppoma safepaws program so kids and pets romp and roll on the lawn without concern and you can have the thick green vigorous lawn you’ve always wanted.

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