The meaning & importance of your soil's pH
Early identification of soil pH problems is important as it can be both costly and difficult to correct long-term nutrient deficiencies. The relative acidity or alkalinity of soil is indicated by its pH. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14. Any pH reading below 7 is acidic and any pH above 7 is alkaline. A pH of 7 indicates a neutral soil. The pH is important because it influences the availability of essential nutrients. When soil becomes too acidic, lawn grasses struggle and plants that flourish in acidic soil take their place. For example, the presence of lawn moss signals your soil pH has become too low for strong, healthy grass growth. Other warning signs include increases in common lawn weeds, diseases and insect pests. Many weeds prefer acidic soil, and low soil pH can inhibit the effectiveness of some herbicides and insecticides.2 When soil is overly acidic, you'll also notice that grasses don't respond to quality lawn fertilizers with the healthy, lush growth you normally expect.
Correct soil pH with a Lime application
A soil’s acidity can be corrected with a simple lime treatment. It will ensure that your lawn has an adequate supply of calcium, and it will also ensure your soil has a balanced pH level. How does it do this? Lime naturally breaks down in the soil over time. As it does so, it causes the rise of calcium in the soil particles. During this increase, the acidic components are replaced and changed into neutral elements. These neutral elements will help promote an overall healthier root system and more robust grass.
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