Who Uses Gypsum????

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Rick13, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I ended up putting down a 40 pound bag of gypsum in my yard today before we had a big thunderstorm.

    I saw my retired neighbor sitting in his garage while the storm just starting....so I walked over to watch the storm with him.....chat and catch up on the neighborhood gossip.

    He asked me what I just spread through my yard?

    I told him that I spread some gypsum on the side of the yard. Looking to see what it would do.

    He told me, before Scotts, Lesco, and any of the other large fertilizing companies starting selling fertilizer....Gypsum was the only product on the market people would use for their yards. Every yard would get gypsum and it was also used in gardens too. And that was how you took care of your yard back in the day. (Note... I didn't want to ask him how long ago this period of time was).... :laugh:

    Gypsum is good of loosen heavy hard packed clay soils, by allowing moisture and air to penetrate and move freely in the soil. The pH - neutral source of soluble calcium and sulfur. Upon contact with moisture, the micro - sized particles quickly dissolves. It counteracts winter salt damage, repair animal spots in the yard, and can be applied anytime.

    So who out there uses Gypsum in their Yard Care System for their customers?

    Anyone have good results and or good stories to tell of their experiences with gypsum?
     
  2. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Anyone use Gypsum in the seasonal lawn care for their customers????
     
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    In certain instances we recommend gypsum with humates . I prefer consistently adding organic matter for better long term results.

    BTW, "back in the day" synthetic fertilizers were called "artificial manure". :)
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Use gypsum when a soil test indicates a need for it.
     
  5. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    We have heavy clay soil around here but I have not heard of anyone using gypsum at all.
     
  6. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Not until I have a soil test in front of me. Gypsum does nothing for soils that are hard because of calcium carbonate. On soils that need calcium, I prefer to add it in the form of calcium nitrate.
     
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    We used to apply gypsum on clay lawns, but that was about 20 years ago. Land grant university studies now show that gypsum does absolutely nothing to improve the soil. Only exception is in "high salt content soils" along the coastal areas.

    Then you have homeowners applying lime on their clay lawns. Oh boy
     
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Larry,

    Here in Jersey we have recommended gypsum to help lawns down the shore recover from Super Storm Sandy.
     

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