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lime application

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Turfdoctor1, Apr 17, 2006.

  1. Turfdoctor1

    Turfdoctor1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    If you need to make a lime application (pH 3.5, yikes), but the area has some grass growing and the customer does not want to till the area, is there any benefit of making the application without any incorporation?
  2. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    Yes there will be a benefit, especialy at Ph,3.5, ouch, Leaf analysis of plant tissue has show that a simple broadcast of lime to the soil surface will show up in plant tissue in as little as three days after a rain event. Now this doesnt mean that you have balanced your soils pH levels, it just means the plants are recieving benefit from the lime application. The bigger question is has the soil been tested for nutrients and just what other nutrients are missing? The lime will probably provide the biggest benefit to the plant than any of the other nutrients that you might add at this time. Calcium levels should always be the first nutrient that you try to correct. This is simply because all the other nutrients need calcium to function or become available to the plants. without calcium, it will always take larger amounts of the other nutrient to give the wanted plant response. Once calcium levels are brought into line with what they should be, (between 60 and 70 percent base saturation of root acid solubile nutrient), then you will find that other nutrient amendments amounts can be greatly reduced.

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