When should I apply lime to my lawn?

I am wondering when I should apply lime to my lawn? Is there a difference between the powdered lime and pelletized? How much should I add?

Thanks for your question Kurt.

A good time to apply lime to your lawn is in the Fall and early Spring. We find that pelletized lime is easier to manage, breaks down quickly and more evenly and is the best value.

As a rule of thumb, never apply more than 50 lbs of lime per 1000 square feet of lawn at one time.  Leave 2-3 months between applications.  Lime does not enter the soil quickly and you’ll make a situation where the top of the soil is hostile to things that can live in the lower soil (and the reverse) if you go with too many applications in too short a period of time.  Also, it is not a good idea to apply lime and fertilizer at the same time – you can cause chemical interactions between them that you don’t want.  Leave at least a week between a lime treatment and fertilization.

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