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Lime application for my yard?


My lawn service says I need a lime application for my yard. However, they have not done a soil service. I believe I read one of your articles not long ago about this subject saying it is mostly unnecessary (especially without testing). My neighbor did a couple a lime apps a couple of years ago snd when he started digging around found in 2 years the lime was still only 1 to 2” down. whats your recommendation? I have a few spots that down’t want to grow grass and water just stands there. I am considering trying some of the “liquid Lime” product there. Any advice would be appreciated. - Thanks. Ilse -


  1. 6 months ago

    You are very smart to question the addition of lime. One should never apply lime unless a soil test has determined that the soil needs it. Most soils in our area do not need lime, so I would certainly have a soil test done.

    Additionally, lime will not correct a drainage problem, rather the addition of organic matter may help to improve the soil structure, and improve drainage.

    Again, a soil test is where you should start. And this is a great time to do it.

    Carole Johnson County Extension Master Gardener

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