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Old 05-09-2013, 12:46 PM
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pH Adjustment w/o pH test

I am wondering if a customer doesnt want to pay for a soil pH test, what is a good rule of thumb for how many pounds per 1000 sq feet should be applied?

I am guessing every area is different so if anyone from the NY (long Island) area can answer I would appreciate it. But all comments are appreciated.
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Old 05-09-2013, 02:50 PM
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Usually people heard years ago that all the dirt in their area is either high or low pH and they make it a ritual to add something or other as part of their yearly routine... there is no rule of thumb except if you're in N. IL you don't put down ANY lime...
If they insist on making the ground white, I think 1 ct.,,, 50# bag for every 3-5000 squ.ft. will make the ground white...
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:27 AM
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Hope the soil is not already alkaline and showing excessive Ca, Mg, and carbonates. As for the soil testing, people pay me enough such that I can handle the cost of it easily. Only time I have charged for soil tests is if I have drawn a soil test and the client declines the service agreement.
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:56 AM
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I am wondering if a customer doesnt want to pay for a soil pH test, what is a good rule of thumb for how many pounds per 1000 sq feet should be applied?

I am guessing every area is different so if anyone from the NY (long Island) area can answer I would appreciate it. But all comments are appreciated.
How do you know the pH needs adjusting without knowing the pH?
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:29 PM
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Usually heavy rain fall and fertilizers can the soil acidic so I'm guessing most lawns in my areas pH will need to be raised
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:42 PM
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Usually heavy rain fall and fertilizers can the soil acidic so I'm guessing most lawns in my areas pH will need to be raised
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Don't guess dude, test. Even if you did know the pH, you don't know the buffer pH without a lab test.
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Old 05-21-2013, 01:00 AM
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I have some.kelway meters I use as a guide but what kril said their usefulness is somewhat limited without knowing the buffer.
but what they will do is tell me the active ph range and the active range is what the turf sees
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