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"Why do I need Lime as a critical step in my lawn care?

Like our bodies, thriving lawns need food (fertilizer) and essential vitamins/minerals like calcium and magnesium (from limestone). Many of us know to fertilize our lawns (feed them) but what if our lawns are acidic? That is, your soil is acidic in nature or "sour". Everyone has heard of pH...like the pH of your pool water, we also need to check our lawn's pH or measure of acidity.

Lawn Lime, or Limestone, is a natural soil amendment which helps to enhance the "living soil". Just as your lawn needs food (fertilizer), it also needs vitamins and essential minerals like calcium and magnesium which are found in limestone. As an additional benefit, by incorporating Lime into your Lawn Care Program your lawn will better utilize fertilizer treatments.

How To Apply Lime
  1. Determine the lawn's square footage: An easy way to do this is to walk the length of your lawn, figuring that one pace equals about 3 feet. Do the same with the width of the lawn. Multiply length by width to arrive at the total square footage.

  2. Application rate: Apply one bag per 1,000 sq. ft. to maintain soil pH and two bags per 1,000 sq. ft. to correct acidic soils.

  3. Spreading the lime: Spread uniformly with a drop spreader, by hand, shovel or rototiller. Lime's particle size makes it easy to distribute evenly.

  4. Application for New Lawns: Apply lime at the same rate as established lawns. After application, work the lime into the soil to a depth of 4" to 6" before seeding or sodding.

  5. Application for Flower and Vegetable Gardens: Apply 25 lbs. per 100 sq. ft. or as indicated by soil testing."

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