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How to increase your Long Island landscape soil’s pH level

by on December 18, 2013

Maintaining your soil’s pH level is important to making sure your Long Island landscape thrives. Most professional Long Island landscape companies perform pH tests every three years, but if you’re interested in staying on top of your soil’s acidity level or if you have noticed the plants on your Long Island landscape aren’t growing as well as you think they should be, you may want to perform the tests yourself. If you have found the pH level is too low (too acidic), you will need to increase the pH level in order to give your Long Island landscape plants a better environment in which to grow.

The most common method of increasing Long Island landscaping soil’s pH level is through lime applications. Many Long Island landscaping companies offer yearly lime applications to maintain or correct your soil’s acidity. However, if you want to do some in-between or do-it-yourself lime treatments, visit your local Long Island landscaping or garden store. Although adding lime to your soil might save you some money in the short-term, it can end up costing you more if not done correctly. Lime cannot just be carelessly mixed in with the soil; it has to be measured precisely so that the application ratio is correct. Professional Long Island landscapers will know more about how to calculate the lime-to-soil ratio. However, if you’re set on doing it yourself, Long Island landscaping experts recommend you start by adding a small amount of lime and adding more as needed over time. The best time for lime applications are in the early spring and fall.

Keep in mind that different types of lime will have varying rates of effectiveness. If you’re looking for faster results, ask a Long Island landscaping specialist which type of lime should be used. Whatever type you use, make certain it is finely ground for optimal soil absorption. Once you have decided upon a type of lime to use on your Long Island landscape, spread over the top layer of the soil with a rake. To ensure you have applied the proper amount, perform pH analyses from time to time.

For the best results, consult your local Long Island landscaping company for their expert opinion on lime applications.

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