Are you finding that your lawn isn’t growing as well as it should, and/or it isn’t responding to fertiliser? If so, it may be time to look at the pH level of your lawn’s soil.
Potential of hydrogen, otherwise known as power of hydrogen or pH, is the measure of the acidity and alkalinity of something.
Most lawns like the pH of their soil to sit somewhere between 6 and 7.5 for optimum performance.
As an example, a pH in the right range of 6 to 7.5 is a bit like a plant with its mouth wide open – no food will go to waste and it will all be eaten by the plant.
Changing the pH of soil is definitely doable, however the level of difficulty changes depending on the type of soil you have. Generally, adjusting the pH level of loamy and sandy soils is easier than on heavy clays.
If your soil is a sandy loam and you need to raise the soil pH by one unit, add the equivalent of 150g of liming material per square metre. An adult handful is about 100g.
Heavy clay soils will require at least 250g per square metre to raise the pH by one unit. A super fine grade of lime works quickest and generally costs less than $10 a bag.
Lawn Solutions Australia created an amazing video regarding soil pH and your lawn – take a look below.
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