Lime corrects soil acidity, adds calcium and magnesium to the soil and regulates other beneficial soil nutrients. Grasses in soils with the wrong pH level turn yellow and patchy. Calcium and magnesium protect grass from heat, drought and traffic stress.Know More
If soil pH falls below 6.0 or 7.0, lime should be added. Soils may become more acidic over time because of over fertilization, leaching or excessive rainfall. The incorporation of lime adds alkalinity, balancing out the acid, so the soil becomes more neutral. A simple soil test may be performed to determine the pH of soil.
Lime should be spread when grasses are planted. In lawns that are already established, the best time for spreading lime is in the fall. Don't apply lime at the same time as fertilizer as an adverse chemical reaction may occur.
Lime may be purchased in powder or pellet form. The pellet form can be easily applied with a broadcast spreader. Lime may also be applied directly by hand. Avoid windy days, and spread the lime in a crisscross pattern to ensure even coverage. Only apply lime when needed. Applying too much lime may result in lime-induced chlorosis. This makes the grass turn yellow and is difficult to correct.Learn More
Overseed a lawn by preparing the grass, aerating the soil, spreading the seed, fertilizing and watering. You need a lawn mower, a core aerator or pitchfork, grass seed, fertilizer and a fertilizer spreader.Full Answer >
New sod can turn brown due to early fertilizer application, inadequate watering, soil compaction and lack of contact with the soil. New sod doesn’t need fertilizer for the first one or two months and can get burnt by it. However, it requires more water than established grass and turns brown if it doesn’t get enough. Good contact with uncompacted soil is also necessary for new sod to stay green.Full Answer >
Reseed a lawn by dethatching the lawn to remove dead grass, planting the seed with a slit seeder, and fertilizing the lawn. Water the lawn to start the germination of the seed.Full Answer >
Aerate your lawn by choosing the appropriate machine, watering the grass, passing the machine over the compacted areas, and breaking up the plugs with a lawnmower once they are dry. Contrary to a popular myth, aerating the grass does not affect weed or crabgrass control.Full Answer >