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Acidic soil, lime & peat moss

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Above Par Lawns, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    My clients soil test results came back at 5.3 and she is wanting to seed her lawn. I will be applying lime now, and then again in the Spring as directed by MU extension office. There are portions of the lawn with a good stand of grass but other areas are dirt/hard pan. The bare areas would normally get top dressed with peat after the renovation process but since I'm trying to fix the acidity problem should I choose a different topdress material since peat is acidic itself?

    The largest dirt patch is bone dry and in full sun, the other is in heavy shade and soggy! :dizzy: multiple seed varieties will be used.

  2. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Probably should not have posted this in the organic section. Sorry.
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,138

    Make sure you use Calcitic lime instead of Dolomitic lime. The second contains Mg, which you don't need. I would recommend applying compost instead of peat for better results.
  4. Above Par Lawns

    Above Par Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 512

    Yes, calcitic lime is on the list! I will have to search for a better supplier of compost. I have used it before in small areas and although I still had good results, the quality of the compost was poor. It was much cheaper than peat that's for sure. I just like the way peat seems to lock itself in place and hold moisture. Will I get the same affect with compost? I could add some straw if needed on the areas with slope I suppose.
  5. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    ......... Seconded
  6. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,340

    Grow some blueberries! They will do great with that PH.

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