Should I Use Lime in My Massachusetts Lawn Care Routine?

Posted by AllGreen on January 1, 2020

The mission for a healthy, green, lush lawn is one of almost every homeowner. Sitting outdoors in the yard, playing games, and running through the grass is never enjoyable on dry, crunchy, bare lawns. Thus, once the weeding, feeding, and seeding of your Massachusetts lawn care routine are complete, it’s time to consider the addition of one more element. Lime. Lime provides several benefits that most homeowners don’t even realize.

 

Lime is ground limestone. This natural sedimentary rock is composed of at least 50% calcium carbonate in the form of calcite. This rock is typically formed from the accumulation of shell, coral, bone, and other organic matter. The composition and variety of limestone make it ideal for several different applications from construction to organic lawn care.

When lawn care is concerned, ground dolomite lime dominates the market. This particular variety of limestone is rich in both calcium and magnesium, making it the ideal solution for several reasons.

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Balances the pH level. One of the primary benefits of lawn lime application is its ability to reduce acidity or alkalinity levels. What many homeowners don’t realize is the fertilizer we’ve been taught to apply will increase acidity, which may damage your lawn. However, when followed by a lime application, those levels will neutralize. Other elements that may be affecting the pH levels of your lawn include:

  • Acid rain

  • Pollution

  • Pesticides

  • Pine needles

  • Type of soil in your yard

 

Adds calcium and magnesium. Not only will these two elements help your grass to grow, but they will also strengthen your lawn. Both calcium and magnesium have been shown to build resistance to harsh summer and winter temperatures, as well as drought and other undesirable conditions.

 

Increases the effectiveness of your fertilizer. Going back to the topic of fertilizer, every lawn needs it! However, like most things there are advantages and disadvantages of use. In this instance, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. However, balancing your acidity with a lime application is crucial.

 

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Although the benefits of lime application to your Massachusetts lawn care routine are plenty, there are a few areas of precaution to be taken. Below is a list of common landscaping elements that thrive in acidic soil and should, therefore, be avoided with lime:

  • Azaleas

  • Begonias

  • Blueberries

  • Dogwood trees

  • Ferns

  • Holly bushes

  • Willow trees

 

Even though we’re in the dead of winter here in New England, it’s never too early to start planning for your backyard events. That being said, lime application is best when applied in the early spring and fall months. For more information, or to secure your appointment for the spring, contact the team at Allgreen Lawn Care today (617) 327-5555.