Lawn Talk with Harold Enger – Podcast Transcription
Episode: Lime Application
Tim Kauffold: Welcome to Lawn Talk, I’m your host Tim Kauffold. Lawn Talk is a series of conversations with Spring-Green lawn care professionals. Joining me is Harold Enger. Harold has worked in the Green Industry for nearly 30 years and is a Certified Turf grass and Ornamental Landscape professional. Today on Lawn Talk we’re going to discuss the importance of lime and applying lime to your lawn. How do I know if my lawn needs a lawn application?
Harold Enger: Spring Green will do a soil test in the areas of your lawn that we treat to determine the proper pH. It all depends on that particular soil and the pH, whether the soil is very acidic or very alkaline. And for the most part, the only time you need to add lime are in the soils that are very acidic, because it has a low pH and the lime will actually raise the pH to allow the materials that we apply to become more available to the plant.
We know where those areas are—the Pacific Northwest, the South, the Southeast, parts of the Midwest, but not every lawn needs lime, and that’s why soil testing is a good thing to do if you’ve never had a lime application. Call your Spring Green professional to have your soil tested. We are familiar, and have the knowledge, with each of our areas of whether the lawn needs a lime application, or not.
Tim: Can it be detrimental to my lawn if I apply lime when I don’t really need it?
Harold: It’s not going to burn it, but, if you have a very alkaline soil, and you add additional lime, you are just making your soil more alkaline. This can reduce the effectiveness of the materials that you apply, for example fertilizers, to keep them from working and being available to the plant.
In very extreme cases, yes, anytime you go way over, you can hurt a lawn—you can hurt anything if you do too much of one thing, but you want to add lime if you have an acidic soil.
Tim: Okay and when’s the best time to do a lime application?
Harold: Again, this is one of those things that you can have done anytime of the year. It’s a relatively mild product to apply, but we generally do it in the spring or fall. It can be applied throughout the year.
Tim: And, are there a certain prescribed number of applications to do to a lawn?
Harold: One time is more than adequate for most lawns. I’ve never seen anyone have to do more than one application of lime per year. And the amount to put down is anywhere from 10-to 20 or 30-pounds of lime per thousand square feet.
But again, your Spring Green Professional will be able to tell you what is the best for your area and what is going to give you the best results.
Tim: And, is there anything we can see in the lawn. I mean, I know we’ve talked about the need to test the soil, but as a homeowner, are there a couple of clues for me to look for, that I may suspect it to be too acidic.
Harold: Usually, if you are getting very slow response to any kind of fertilization on the lawn. It’s just not turning green. It’s kind of a yellowish look, that’s one way to determine whether you have a low pH and need to add lime to raise that pH up to a neutral level, which is 6.5 to 7.0. It’s not as visual, as you would see with an insect or disease, but it’s an overall general yellowing, or poor response, this is how you could usually tell.
If you’re unsure, have a soil test done, or discuss it with your Spring Green professional.
Tim: If you would like to know more about services available from your local Spring-Green lawn care professional, visit the Spring-Green web site, at Spring-Green.com. There you will find more detailed information, including how to contact a Spring-Green lawn care professional in your area. This has been Lawn Talk, an on-going series for homeowners looking to protect and enjoy their outdoor investment, brought to you by Spring-Green Lawn Care and its many local lawn care professionals nationwide.
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