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Adding lime after soil test.

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by NJgunner, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. NJgunner

    NJgunner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I have kentucky bluegrass and my soil test came back low PH (5.2)
    I was given 5 50lb bags of dolemite lime and told to apply all 5 bags to my lawn. I have 5k sq feet, I wanted to put it down to be watered in tomorrow my local shop is closed but does 125lbs seem right? I thought he said put down 25 but maybe he said 125
  2. ffemtmcd

    ffemtmcd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    I would do it at a 25lb / 1000 sq ft rate, 2-3 times a year over the next 2-3 years. Just do a soil test each year to make sure your headed the right way but not over. So, on 5k lawn that would be 125 lbs.
  3. NJgunner

    NJgunner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    ok so 5 bags at once is correct then? yes I was advised to do another application in the fall when I aerate. I now do a soil test each year thanks...I had it dethatched for the first time last fall but always get it aerated..only problem i have to try and tackle is some sandy compacted aeras I have to topdress it
  4. ffemtmcd

    ffemtmcd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    Sounds good! you should start seeing some really good green color come around with the hydrogen getting loosened up - I'm sure it's pretty high
  5. NJgunner

    NJgunner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    If H is for Hydrogen it says 52.7 on the test....grass looks good already after hitting it with some dimension 24...biggest problem is disease/humidity around july/aug...gets very humid in NJ. Heres a pic of what it looks like now...I also think I have to cut it higher I measured 3" from ground to blade on my mower i think im going to use the highest setting.

  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,770

    Heat and humidity particularly warm humid nights promote fungus disease. A tall fence all around reduces air circulation--temps and humidity can go higher--not good.

    Most Kentucky bluegrass is blended with perennial ryegrass--so you probably have both.

    Dollarspot, red thread, brown patch and gray leaf spot are the main diseases in your area.

    I suggest half the lime now--half in the fall.

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