Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by little country, Apr 8, 2003.

  1. little country

    little country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Hello, men
    I hv a 10 acre lawn and the Dr. wants me to put dwn Lime.I hv never limed a yrd.How do you do this and can I do this while the yard is wet,its raining here now.I hv an agway spreader..can i use this.
  2. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    use the spreader but not when its wet !!
  3. bastalker

    bastalker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 965

    Depending on the Ph level of your soil, which I would probably test before you applied the lime. A 40lb bag of lime will usually cover 5000 sq ft. of lawn that is not in real bad shape, and just needs to be brought up a few notches.(example if the soil test shows a 5.0-5.5 ph level) this application would work just fine

    There are 3 types, powder, granular, and pellets...The pettets do not mind the water at all. the granular is the consistency of sand, and the powder, well it SHOULD be dry, and no wind at all, unless you wanna look like the pilsbury dough boy. All 40 lb bags, all cover basically 5000 sg ft. Pellets are the preferred method in our area.

    Badboygoeorge said use a spreader. I agree with that, but IMO it doesn't matter if its wet or not...Your not trying to kill weeds, or crabgrass, so it doest have to stick to the leaves of the weeds. Your just trying to improve on the ph level. Unless there is a chance of run off, I wouldn't worry about it being wet.

    So if your doing a 10 acre property, 90 bags would be good, but again if you have the soil tested, and it is lower than 5.0, you might want to consider an extra 30 - 40 bags. If it is higher, adjust accordingly.... Hope this helps.
  4. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    For sure get the soil test first. Depending on the results will tell you how much lime you need. It could be a HUGE difference with that much property. 435,600 sf is a lot of area.
  5. AltaLawnCare

    AltaLawnCare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 961

    Also type of soil makes a big difference.

    Around here, we have clay type soil. I usually use 1 40 Lb bag per 1,000 SqFt.

    The extension recommends up to 50Lbs per K per application in our area.
    Like said before do a soil test first, it should tell how much lime is needed, and use pelletized lime.
  6. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    Little Country what was the result of the soil test and who is the Dr? Please let us know so that we can help you out.

  7. little country

    little country LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for all the info, Im getting a soil test done today, and i will get back with you tonight

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