How to lime your lawn?
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford26 guides
Liming your lawn promotes proper rooting, growth and diminishes the spreading of moss and fungi. Lime regulates the soil's acidity rate by bringing the pH back to neutral, a level that is favorable for successful fertilisation. We'll take you through all the steps, from spreading to preparation of the soil, to the choice of lime. Let's get started!
- Soil pH
What is liming and why lime grass?
- The roots are no longer able to properly assimilate the nutrients present in the soil;
- Lawn growth is greatly reduced or even halted;
- The lawn is no longer uniform and has visible holes;
- Moss and mushrooms start to appear.
By rebalancing the pH of the soil, liming makes it possible to:
- Increase the efficiency of the fertilizers;
- Help the grass take route;
- Favor the development of micro-organisms in the soil;
- Limit the appearance of weeds.
Liming the lawn in three steps
Step 1: Measure pH of soil
- Take a sample of soil from anywhere between 5 and 10 centimeters below the surface ;
- Place the sample in a container;
- Add a small amout of water to slightly wet the sample;
- Sprinkle the mixture with baking soda;
- Observe: if the baking soda begins to bubble, the soil is acidic. Liming is required.
- Take a soil sample, taking care not to make skin contact with the sample. This would have an impact on the test results;
- Place the sample in the container provided by the kit and cover with a neutral pH water;
- Close the container and shake well;
- Allow time for the sedimentation to take place: the grains of soil will fall to the bottom of the container and the other particles will gradually move to form different layers;
- The water will turn a specific color: compare the color to the color chart provided with the kit.
Second step: scarifying the grass
Three tips for successful scarification:
- Monitor the weather and choose a hot and humid day, as heat is more conducive to soil regeneration. The moss will also be drier, so easier to remove;
- Before scarification, mow the grass to a height of 2 cm;
- The soil should not be too dry or soggy.
Third step: lime the grass
- Agricultural lime. Its rapid action makes it the ideal ally of clay-humic soil;
- Magnesian lime or dolomitic lime. It is also used for clay soil;
- Ground limestone. Its slow action is suitable for sandy soils.
Lime is an irritating and corrosive substance. During liming, appropriate safety equipment should be worn to avoid any accidents.
For Do-It-Yourselfers who are curious and want more know-how on the perfect lawn, follow the links below to find more resources, advice and guides:
- How to prepare you lawn for spring?
- How to sow your lawn from seed?
- How to maintain your lawn?
- How to prepare your seedings?
- When to prepare your seedlings?
- When to sow your grass and plant your trees?
- How to choose your synthetic grass?
- How to choose your fertilizer?
- How to choose your lawn mower?
- How to maintain your lawn mower?
- How to choose your wheelbarrow?
- How to choose your watering can or sprinkler?
- How to choose your soil?
- How to choose your weed killer?
- How to choose your scarifier?
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