How and When to Apply Lime to  Your Lawn

How and When to Apply Lime to  Your Lawn

Liming is the process of applying crushed or ground limestone over your lawn to reduce soil acidity and make nutrients available to roots.

Apply lime to your lawn when the soil pH falls below 6.6, and the best time is in early spring. Follow these simple steps to get your lawn ready for planting.

Step 1: Test the Soil

Sudden proliferation of clover, moss, or other common lawn weeds. Weeds are generally acid-loving plants. Dormant seeds will sprout when acidic  conditions develop.

Step 2: Compute the amount of lime

Calculate the amount of lime needed using the Clemson Lime Rate Calculator. Applying between 40 and 50 pounds of lime per 1,000 square feet of lawn is a good starting point.

Lime Rate Calculator


Step 3: Aerate your lawn

Before applying lime to an established lawn, aerate it using a core aerator. The more thoroughly you aerate, the more efficiently the lime will function.

Step 4: Spread the lime

Broadcast the lime evenly over the entire area that requires treatment.

Step 5: Water the lawn

After spreading the lime, it is vital to water the lawn thoroughly to help the lawn lime percolate into the soil.

Step 6: Wait for the results

It may take several weeks for the lime to take effect and for the pH to rise. If you don’t see results, wait at least 6 weeks before retesting the soil pH.

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