lime - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by davidlspence
May 8, 2010
when is a good time to apply lime to my grass and will lime help it stay green


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Answer from NGA
May 8, 2010

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If your soil is acidic it can bind up nutrients and make them less available to the roots of your lawn. Applying lime will help mellow the soil so nutrient uptake is easier but it takes a while for the lime to work its magic. We normally recommend you apply lime in the fall so it has all fall and winter to help mellow the soil before the grass starts growing in the spring. For immediate green up of your lawn, nitrogen fertilizer applications will work. In general, lawns should be fed in April, June, September and late November. If you haven't had a soil test, you might want to invest in one. The test will tell you the soil's pH and whether or not lime is required. It might be that your lawn is in need of iron rather than lime. Best wishes with your lawn.

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