ph balance in lawns

(or, why knowing the pH balance in your Omaha lawn is important)

Ever wondered why your lawn doesn’t look amazing, even though you pay good money for lawn care services? The pH level could be the culprit (or at least one of them)! If the pH level in your lawn is not at the optimum level, fertilizers will not break down to be utilized by the grass. What this means is that if your pH level is off, you are literally losing money because the fertilizer you are putting down (and paying for!) is not being utilized efficiently and going to waste.

If you are already a valued client on one of our lawn care programs, we have already tested your soil and provided you with recommendations. If you are NOT already a valued client, we would like to offer a complimentary soil pH test so you know what your lawn’s ph level is and what you can do about it so you are not throwing away money!

What kind of information do you provide, Paradise Lawns?

Here is some of the information we provide when we conduct a pH test:

  • Reduce the acidity of your soil! Liming is the practice of applying an agent to reduce soil acidity (in other words, raise the pH level) and make the soil more favorable for turfgrass growth.
  • What is pH and why should I be concerned with my soil’s pH levels? pH is simply a measurement of how acidic (neutralizes alkaline) or alkaline (neutralizes acid) your soil is, and it’s important because it influences how easily your grass can take up nutrients from the soil. The soil pH scale runs from 0 to 14. Neutral is 7, the middle of the scale. Any number below 7 means the soil is acidic and any number above 7 means the soil is alkaline. Soils below 7.0 become more acidic due to both human and natural activities. (See the following example.)

ph level example

What does this mean for my lawn?

Here at Paradise Lawns, we like to see soils right around 6.5, or slightly acidic. In the Midwest, rainfall removes calcium and magnesium and replaces them with acidic ions, leaving our soil in the acidic zone on the scale. With too much acid or alkaline in the soil, nutrients will not dissolve to later be absorbed by the grassroots. Simply contact Dave for your free pH test today!

Balance your soil. Change your lawn…Better Soil equals Better Grass!