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Lime questions

Posted by SnailLover 5 (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 10, 13 at 19:55

I'm in northern Michigan zone 5.

Just bought a new house and was told I needed to spread lime on my lawn because of all the pine trees around it (some hardwood as well). How can I tell if it needs lime? Is there a certain time of the year this should be done, and how often? The lawn has been neglected so it needs other attention also. There are lots of bare patches and weeds. Should I kill weeds first, fertilize, or doesn't it matter?

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RE: Lime questions

The only way to know if you need lime, and what type you should use, is by getting a proper soil test. ( You can add lime almost any time, but generally not at the same time as synthetic fertilize. Space them a few weeks apart. Fertilizing shouldn't really be done in the middle of summer, even though you are in Northern MI. Wait till the heat and humidity break. Weed killers can be used when temps don't rise above whatever they recommend on the label, as it can harm heat stressed grass.

RE: Lime questions

Thank you!

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