Expert Lime Application Services
All About Lime
Most soils we have sampled here in Massachusetts have come back with a soil pH (physical hydrogen) of 5.0- 6.0. Lawns do best at a pH of 6.5- 7.0 and lime will help this. At the correct range the lawn absorbs the proper amount of macro-nutrients (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulphur, Calcium, & Magnesium) and micro- nutrients (Iron, Manganese, Boron, Copper, Zinc, & Molybdenum). This in turn HELPS the lawn become stronger with pest and disease pressure.
The Turf Managers lawn care fertilization program is available from Shrewsbury, Concord, to Boston.
PH & PH Nutrient Availablity in Lime Applications
This chart shows the amount of nutrients your lawn absorbs depending on the soil pH of the soil. There are still other factors that play into this. Soil compaction, cation exchange capacity, & organic content are some of the major factors that come into play. Applying lime helps raise the soil pH.
Buffering Capacity in Applying Lime
Just because a soil test says you only need 25lbs of lime per 1000 sq. ft./yr does not mean you might not need more. The pH buffer will determine this which must be met before you can move the soil pH. Typically, the more organic content within the soil the higher the buffer. The buffer must be met before the pH will start to rise. Most lawns we have serviced are what we consider average in the moderate category. Our lawn service will help figure this out for you!
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