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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.

Helpful Garden Reference Links

Landscape Calculator for mulch, stones, plants, etc. created by professional landscape contractors.

Pest I.D. for Vegetables. Clear Insect photos, descriptions, damage details and management suggestions.

Plants best suited for Pollinators in your region. Zip code search tool courtesy of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign. Leads to full guidebooks for specific regions. Pollinators list on page 16 of each guidebook.

Native Plant Guidance search features for finding plants native to an area, nurseries selling them and organizations offering information about or assistance with natives.

Toxic and non-toxic plants for pets. Courtesy of ASPCA. Plant photos and descriptions with exposure/ingestion symptoms listed. Searchable by toxic, non-toxic and specific pet; cat, dog, horse.

USDA hardiness zones explained

USDA Hardiness Zone Map Clickable to general regions of country.

Canadian Hardiness Info  Provides current hardiness information for all of Canada. Also compares to USDA zone mapping and collects fresh data to update zone information accurately.

Tree InformationTrees Are Good” provides detailed information on selection, planting and care of trees.