We feel that lime is absolutely the most important step in having a thick, green, disease resistant, weed free lawn. So many people come to Scenic Roots and ask how much lime they need for X amount of lawn, but then proceed to buy less than half of what we recommend. We understand when we tell you you need 10 bags of lime for 10,000 sqft., you may get sticker shock. WE do not mean to break your bank, but buying an inadequate amount of lime is wasting your time and money. Not only on the lime, but on any grass seed and fertilizer you buy throughout the year. We say this because without the proper pH the grass seed will not establish very well and the fertilizer will not give you the desired outcome. Without the proper pH level, weeds will take over, moss will grow, bare spots will be a problem, and disease will be more apt to occur. The best way to fight all this is to have the proper pH level. The #1 key to that is proper liming!
Limestone aka lime is a white/grayish mineral compound used to combat acidity and to supply calcium for plant growth. The rate of application is 40lb per 1,000 sqft. Each application raises your pH level by .5 Therefor several different applications might be needed for your proper pH.
Fall lawn care revival is desperately needed. Ugh, it has been a very humid, sticky and dry (sounds like an oxymoron) August. Our lawns have become straw and any teenie-weenie bit of rain we do get just bounces off like a superball on the driveway. The only green that exist in the barren waste land you once took pride in are weeds. (ie. crabgrass, purslane, knotweed and so so many more.) So now what? Is there any salvation ahead?
Fall has become the #1 season for seeding and over seeding your lawns. Now that the air temperatures are cooler and the soil temperatures are still warm, it is the perfect time to seed or reseed your lawns. Grass seed optimally needs a soil temperature of about 60-65 degrees. Here on the cape that doesn’t usually happen until late May, therefor the fall is best. We also, usually get better rains so you won’t feel chained to the hoses and sprinklers.
Fall lawn care also includes testing your soil pH. It is very important this time of year. If you need to add lime to the lawn, now is the time to do it so it is available to the grass roots in the spring. Our soil is typically acidic because all of our native pines, maples and oaks. You can also use these next two months to get rid of those pesky weeds that are still lingering in the lawn, aerate, patch up the dead spots in the lawn and lay down a winter fertilizer to get your lawn ready for the dormant months of winter.
So here it is and if you have any questions or need further explanation call us or come in for a consult. We prefer to call them visits 🙂
It is time for your fall garden projects. Below we have listed what you should/could be doing now to prep your yards for the winter months.
Pull up plant material that is no longer useful and add to compost pile. Toss any material that is insect ridden or diseased. Keep weeding; mature weed plants drop weed seeds that will germinate next year.
Keep mowing your lawn until growth stops. Apply a winter fertilizer to your lawn to strengthen the overall health and root system to allow for an easier spring green up. Apply the proper application of lime; one bag of 40lb lime covers 1,000 square feet of lawn. Seed patches of barren lawn and/or overseed to fill in thin spots.
Cut down perennials when the foliage begins to brown.
Plant flowering bulbs for blooms next spring.
Purchase cow manure to mound up around the base of roses. Roses love manure and allowing the manure to mulch and decompose over the winter months make for happier roses next spring.
Divide and replant perennials and grasses that may need it.