Here in Georgia, our soil tends to be acidic. So, if you've ever struggled to ward off weeds or bare spots in your lawn after regular watering and fertilizer treatments, this could be why. It's also why lime is so critical to lawns in the North Georgia region.
Lime is rich in the two metals that most of our soil tends to lack: calcium and magnesium. It's almost like a smart thermostat that knows the optimal acidity and alkalinity levels for your soil and automatically adjusts them to achieve balance. This begs the question, "does your lawn need a lime treatment this fall?" If you spot weeds, lawn moss, or yellow spots in your lawn, the answer is likely yes! Continue to reading learn more about how lime can improve your soil and root system.
What is lime and why is it used to treat lawns?
Lime is made of pulverized limestone and naturally contains calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate. These two metals are essential for your lawn. Calcium acts as both a vehicle that carries other nutrients and also a vitamin that nourishes young plants. Magnesium helps improve your soil's ability to absorb essential nutrients. Lime is also instrumental in increasing your soil's pH. The pH tells us how acidic or alkaline your soil is at any given moment. So, if your soil skews more acidic, as it often does here in Georgia, lime will raise its alkalinity levels.
Some mistakenly look at lime as a fertilizer of sorts. However, lime has a different function and isn't a fertilizer substitute. Lime helps your soil and roots absorb nutrients better while fertilizers deliver nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Thus, lime assists the fertilization process by making it easier for the soil to uptake these elements.
Signs Your Lawn Needs a Lime Treatment
So, what exactly are the signs your lawn needs a lime treatment? There are four items that could signify your lawn is either acidic or more or less alkaline than you desire. If you notice any of the items below, it's almost a sure sign your lawn skews acidic and could use a lime treatment.
- Lawn moss
- Yellow spots on your lawn
- Ineffective fertilizer treatments
While the items above indicate your soil might be acidic, your soil's pH level is a definitive sign of whether your soil is acidic or not. If a soil test reveals your pH is below 6.2, that's conclusive evidence that it contains high acid content, as anything below a 7 is acidic. If you need to add lime to your soil, fall is the perfect time. That's because your lawn will have all winter to absorb the lime.
If possible, it's best to apply lime to your soil just before the fall fertilizer treatment to pave the way to better nutrient absorption.
Help your lawn regain its balance with a lime treatment. Call us for treatment!
Does the soil in your lawn show signs that it lacks vital nutrients such as calcium and magnesium? If so, there's a very good chance your lawn needs a lime treatment this fall. We're happy to help your lawn regain its balance! We include a lime treatment as part of our 7-step fertilization plan.
Receiving both fertilizer and a lime treatment means your lawn gets the nutrients it needs to thrive, along with the ability to take them in with ease. So, if you're in Woodstock, Roswell, Alpharetta, or a nearby area in Georgia, call us today at (833) 444-8873 to schedule our fertilizer program with lime treatment. We look forward to working with you to help you get the beautiful lawn you've always wanted.