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Soil pH & Your Lawn

by Aug 25, 2014Blog

Maintaining a healthy, lush lawn requires more than just mowing it. Just like our bodies need vitamins and minerals, your lawn’s soil needs certain nutrients replenished, too. In order for your grass to absorb what it needs from the soil, the pH level of the soil needs to be at the right level.

Monitor Your Soil pH Level Professionally

The pH level of your soil has a great impact on the performance of your turf. The ideal pH range for lawns in Northeast Ohio is 6.2-6.8. Monitoring and adjusting the soil pH is one of the most important considerations of any effective turf care program. This monitoring can be done by an organic lawn care company like Greener Grass.

Avoid Problems Caused by Improper pH Levels

If the soil is too acidic or too alkaline, problems occur that hinder your lawn from growing like it should:

Improper pH levels can:

  • Lock up nutrients in the soil, creating deficiencies in the lawn
  • Diminish the populations of beneficial microbes in the soil
  • Tighten the soil, reducing water and air flow to the turf roots
  • Create a stressful environment causing the lawn to struggle

Get Your Soil Adjusted Professionally

Once you have your pH reading, adjustments can be made to your soil to adjust the pH. This must be carefully done so as to not burn out your lawn. It is highly advisable to have a professional do this since there are so many variables.

  • A low pH value

A low pH value means too much acid in the soil. To correct a low pH in your soil, lime can be added to increase the alkalinity. There are several kinds of lime from which to choose. The more clay and organic content in your soil, the more lime you will need to add. Sandy soils don’t require as much lime to raise the pH.

  • A high pH value

These changes can take up to 2-3 months to react with the soil and should be tested again at this time to determine if further treatments are needed.

Contact Us to Check Your Soil PH, and Your Lawn Will Thank You

At Greener Grass, we are all about having a more natural, healthy lawn without using chemicals. Contact us today for more information about maintaining your lawn chemical-free.


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