Lime - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa, Ne
Question by iwharper55
April 6, 2010
Which lime is more affective, powderd type or granual?


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Answer from NGA
April 6, 2010

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There are two types of lime that you can use on your lawn, namely calcitic and dolomitic. Calcitic lime only adds calcium, while dolomitic lime adds calcium and magnesium to your lawn. Calcitic lime is the cheaper option. However, it's best to use the dolomitic variety, especially if your lawn is growing on sandy soil. Sandy soils are usually low in magnesium, so the lawn would benefit more from dolomitic lime. There are powdered forms and pelletized forms of lime. Both work equally well but I think the pelletized forms are easier to apply because of their uniformity in size and the fact that they stay where you put them. Powdered lime tends to blow around when applying and if it dries out on the lawn it can be tracked all over the landscape and into the house. Whichever you choose, use a spreader to get complete coverage and set the spreader to the setting as recommended on the lime package. Lime is easy to find in the garden center - look near the fertilizer area and you should find several brands. Best wishes with your lawn.

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