lime application

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Schlepie, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Schlepie

    Schlepie LawnSite Member
    Posts: 165

    how is the best way to apply lime. What is the best kind or is there just one kind? I saw hydrated lime at Home Depot , is this ok to use.

    Thanks

    Schlep
     
  2. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 472

    Test your soil first! Most soils out west are alkaline because of the lack of rainfall. Don't put lime down if your soil has a pH greater than 6.6! Remeber that turf (and most ornamentals) prefer a slightly acidic soil (pH of 6.6 - 6.8). Good luck.

    jim
     
  3. grassdaddy

    grassdaddy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 565

    Listen to lawnstudent,you may not need lime.buy it from a co-op,if your soil needs it.heck,you can spread a pick-up truck load with a corn scoop in no time.i'm sure their is more proper ways,but those little push/pull fert/seed spreaders arn't the answer.;)
     
  4. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 17,386

    Hydrated lime will not work, that is for making mortar!

    If your applying lime to a home lawn,use a pelletized limestone. It spreads easily and is not dusty and works into the soil easily. It costs about $1.50 for a 50# bag.

    Soil test for baseline pH.
    Apply correct amount o bring pH to optimum.
    I apply7#s per m as a maintenance rate to counter act the acidity of the fertilizers I apply.
     

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