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Soil pH Control

The Foundation of Your Lawn

There are many factors to consider when thinking about your lawn, but your soil’s pH level should always be on your radar. If you have thin, discolored turf that doesn’t grow very well, unbalanced pH may be at play.

 

What Is Soil pH?

A soil’s pH level is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity, and plays a significant role in determining the overall health of your lawn. The ideal pH range is between 6.0 and 7.0 – anything higher or lower may result in unsightly, slow-growing turf.

Your lawn is considered acidic when the pH of the soil falls below 6.0, at which point root development slows or even stops. As a result, grass plants cannot absorb the proper amount of water and nutrients.

When the pH level is above 7.0, on the other hand, the soil is considered alkaline and will generally showcase a poor structure and a low capacity for water penetration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Is My Lawn’s pH Unbalanced?

Your soil’s pH is naturally determined by your geographic region. While some areas have a strong tendency for acidic soils, other regions encounter soils that are too alkaline.

Soils generally become acidic when they lack vital nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. This exists in lawns where there has been heavy rainfall and poor drainage. Conversely, areas with dry climates and an excess of soluble salts tend to have alkaline soil.

 

Why is Soil pH Important?

No matter how actively you care for your lawn, it all comes down to healthy soil at the end of the day. If your soil can’t provide a habitable, healthy environment for grass plants, then your lawn will ultimately suffer. When your lawn’s pH is not in range, it loses the effective use of nutrients in the soil.

For top quality grass, soil pH should be kept near 6.5.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Can Weed Man Help?

Weed Man Lawn Care's trained technicians can measure your soil’s pH and restore proper balance. This can be done through the careful addition of lime (used to raise the soil pH), or the addition of sulfur products (used to lower the soil pH).

 Because soil types and their makeups can vary greatly, the amount of material needed will be dependent on your specific lawn. Over-application of either treatment can have damaging results, as the pH level may shift dramatically in the other direction. Weed Man’s knowledgeable technicians will ensure that the correct amount of product is applied to your lawn at the right time of year.

Once this balance has been achieved, your lawn will be ready to fully take advantage of nutrients and inputs.

 

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