There are many factors that influence how well lawns grow and remain healthy in the Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline areas.
One of these factors is the lawn’s pH level.
If you lawn is turning yellow or has patches of weeds throughout, this is a sign that the pH balance if off.
To remedy this, a lime treatment will help restore depleted nutrients back into the soil and bring acidity levels back to neutral.
The Benefits of Lime Treatments
Lawns in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas perform best with a pH level between 6.0 and 7.0.
If your lawn pH is below 6.0, a lime treatment may be needed to bring the lawn back to neutral.
Why is this important?
Soil pH plays a big part in how well the lawn is able to take in beneficial nutrients.
You’re efforts to maintain regular fertilization and weed control treatment program could be of no effect if your soil is too acidic.
Many weeds grow best in acidic soil. By reducing soil acidity through lime treatments, weeds will have a more difficult time growing in your lawn.
Another benefit to lime treatments is that it adds calcium and magnesium to the soil. These nutrients are beneficial to strengthening grass roots and keeping the lawn green and protected from heat, drought, and stress caused by foot traffic.
When Should Lime Be Applied to Quad Cities Lawns?
While it can be applied to the lawn at any time of the year, it is especially beneficial in the fall as rain and cool temperatures help work the lime into the soil.
It can also provide a boost when applied to soil before planting new grass.
Lime should not be applied to lawns that are wilted from heat, too wet, or frost covered. This is why the fall is a great time to apply lime.
How Much Lime Should Be Applied to the Lawn?
The amount of lime needed depends greatly on the results of a pH test.
If we suspect that the pH balance is off, we will collect soil samples from your lawn and send them to Iowa State University where they will be analyzed. This will allow us to provide a customized treatment plan for your lawn’s specific needs.
Lime treatments can be a great benefit to a lawn, but applying too closely with a fertilization treatment can be damaging.
It’s best to have a professional diagnose your lawn and have it tested before making any applications. Contact our Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, and Moline area lawn care specialists for a free lawn diagnosis and estimate. In the Quad Cities, call our office toll free at (877) 220-4414 or fill out our online free estimate form.