lime schedule

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by RICK FRAZIER, Jun 27, 2002.

  1. RICK FRAZIER

    RICK FRAZIER LawnSite Member
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    what is the best time to add lime to your lawn? i have been told that it doesnt matter what time of the year you apply lime. i disagree . please help
     
  2. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    As I am sure you are aware, lime is a generic term for an acid neutralizing agent. Generally it is calcium carbonate in one form or another. In granular or powdered form it takes several months to react with acid to neutralize it. Some pelletized lime are faster, but not anything close to instant, that I am aware of. This would lead me to believe that timing of liming is probably more important based on what might be happening to remove it from where it is effective than anything else (like dry windy conditions or fast water runoff). My opinion, I could be way off. I am eager to see others input on this.
    Good subject.
     
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
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    I believe late Fall is the best time.
     
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
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    But, why?
     
  5. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
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    It takes time for the lime to react with your soil and raise the pH. Applying lime in fall allows the lime to react from late fall, through winter and early spring. You start the spring growth season at a higher pH. Also, the liming reaction requires water. More water is typically available in fall, winter and early spring to support the chemical reaction. If you lime in spring, you will not see a pH difference until later in the growing season and the summer heat/drought will slow the reaction. You may not see the major effect of spring liming until the following spring because of the lack of water in summer. Good luck.

    jim
     
  6. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    Around here farmers lime thier fields in the spring.

    Gene
     

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