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Lime question?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by harperservices, Mar 24, 2003.

  1. harperservices

    harperservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Not sure if this should be posted here, but...

    Adding a top dressing organic fert. (leaf grow/Ecology) and then over-seeding. Can I put down lime at the same time without hurting the new grass seed?

    Thank for all of your help!
  2. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 988

    In normal circumstances - I woulnd't seed and lime at the same time. So, No.
    The purpose of lime is to correct pH problems among other things - and soil should be in a more neutral position ro assure better results. Additionally, dependent upon the type of lime applied, it tends to be hydrophilic and that could potentially slow seed germination.
  3. Acorn

    Acorn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 110

    WOW a queston about lawn care!!! and not who has the best equipment:D
  4. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    You can but that is not a good thing to do. Since you want the best for your customers do not try and combine these two different steps.

  5. harperservices

    harperservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    Why not do them at the same time?

    Could I Aerate, lime, topsoil/leaf grow, and then seed?
  6. LakeSide Lawn and Landscape

    LakeSide Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    wow,I never new it was bad to put down lime when you over seed!!!I learn somthing new every day:) thanks lawnsite
  7. Matt'slawncare

    Matt'slawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 145

    If i was you i would take a PH level test to see where the soil is at. The scale goes from 1-14 if it is 7 your in good shape. Adding lime will raise the PH level so if it is low put some on. If it is to high put on some sulfure this will lower it to the right lever. I dont know if you can put it on at the same time with the seed or not. Hopefully this helps.

  8. AL Inc

    AL Inc LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,209

    I didn't realize the lime would actually slow germination, but that makes sense.Learn something new every day! Usually we do all of our pelletized lime applications in November or December because it takes several months for the lime to correct soil ph. So applying it now wouldn't have an effect for several months anyway. A soil test would be a good idea to give you a starting point. Mike
  9. thartz

    thartz LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 486

    SWD hit the nail on the head;everyone in my area shoots lime out without even taking a soil sample.It amazes me that people who live with acidic based soil automatically think you should lime every year without first checking out if it is needed in the first place let alone how many pounds per thousand.

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