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Advice on Lime application

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by wrooster, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 76

    Hi,
    DIY homeowner in peace. :)

    Below are the results of a soil test done last week. This is cool season turfgrass, clippings left, in-ground irrigation, terrain on modest slope, loamy soil. N application is roughly 1lb / 1Kft^2 per year. Total area for this discussion is approximately 3/4ths of an acre. One symptom of note: large sections of the turf exhibit moss growing in among the grass, especially in foliage shaded areas.

    One the second page of the report, not shown, Rutgers is recommending pH mitigation via lime at 40lbs / 1Kft^2.

    Previously I have used Mag-Turf Pro pelletized lime because it is available locally. However based on the soil test it appears I'm already high on Mg and therefore should instead select a calcitic lime product -- such as Cal-Turf Pro. I have a tow-behind rotary broadcast spreader for my tractor so I need a pelletized lime product.

    So: suggestions on pH mitigation strategy, am I going in the right direction? -- and secondarily, suggestions on fertilizer?

    Also seems that due to the mild winter and higher than normal soil temps I will have to get the first application of pre-emergent down somewhat earlier.

    Thanks,
    Wrooster


    LAB TEST RESULTS:
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    PICTURES FROM LAST FALL:
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    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,560

    You should apply a high calcium lime instead of a dolomitic lime.
     
  3. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,769

    Moss is mainly an indication of shade. Learn to work with shade. Plant a ground cover like myrtle, pachysandra, ivy, euonymous, ajuga, ferns, hosta or lamium.
     
  4. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    If your ph is 5.4 go TODAY and get your high cal and get it down. Nice yard though!
     
  5. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 76

    I'm on it BOSS!!! :weightlifter:

    ps:
    I used this tool to get an estimate of how much product I needed based on sq ft and ECCE:
    http://www.tulsamastergardeners.org/blackbox/limecalc.htm

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    Wrooster


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    Last edited: Mar 3, 2012
  6. wrooster

    wrooster LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 76

    DONE by NOON. :dancing:

    My tow-behind rotary spreader takes 3 bags nicely (=120lbs) and I can put another couple on the tractor floorboard so I can refill without going all the way back to the truck. It's a bit hard to see from the picture but I set the spreader at 1/2 rate and then ran in two crosswise directions. We'll see how this application works...

    Wrooster



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  7. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    Excellent! Test again in the Fall and be prepared to do it again.
     
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    IMO, I would have left it alone. The reported pH is well within the range of tolerance for TTTF.
     
  9. Hineline

    Hineline LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    Where did you come up with TTTF? I'm guessing it's a standard 3-way blend.
     
  10. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    Guessed based on pic. Zooming in, it looks like it could be a mix, but that still doesn't change that I would have left it alone ... mix or not.
     

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