Lime Your Lawn in February: A Gardener's Trick Not Many Know

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.10 - 2024 9:30 PM CET

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A Gardener's Trick Not Many Know.

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There's nothing more beautiful in spring than a lush, neatly trimmed lawn in vibrant green. Achieving such an effect is not as difficult as it might seem. The key is the right approach and planning treatments. One of them is worth doing right now.

In the warmer months of the year, everyone who wants to enjoy a beautiful lawn should focus on fertilizing, watering, and mowing it. It is also beneficial to apply mulching, which means leaving a thin layer of grass after mowing. This way, we supply the soil with nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and also reduce weed growth.

However, we can do something good for our lawn much earlier. We're talking about late winter, definitely before the grass growth season - usually from mid-February to mid-March.

This is the best moment to conduct liming.

Another possible term is autumn - October and the first half of November.

How to Effectively Lime Your Lawn?

Liming involves spreading carbonate lime fertilizer. Importantly, the amount should be adjusted to the soil quality (the instructions on the package will help with dosing).

If possible, it's good to check the soil's acidity level before starting the treatment. The indication for liming is a pH below 5.5. The measurement can be done with a regular strip pH meter.

It's also important not to overdo the frequency of liming - usually, the treatment should be repeated once every three years. Also, after liming, wait at least a month before using any other methods or products for fertilizing the grass.

What Can We Expect from Properly Conducted Liming?

It leads to an increase in soil pH, which directly affects its quality. Slightly acidic soil will better absorb nutrients from fertilizers, which in turn will be taken up by the grass.

Strengthened in this way, it will grow faster, the blades will be stronger, and the color more vibrant.

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