Most plants prefer a soil pH of 6.0-7.0, but a few like things a bit more acidic, while some need a lower pH. Turf grass prefers a pH of 6.5-7.0. If the lawn pH is too high, the plant will have trouble up taking nutrients and certain important microorganisms will be in short supply. Keep reading to learn how to make a lawn more acidic, or lower yard pH. Help, My Lawn pH is Too High! Soil pH is represented by a rating of 0 to 10. The lower the number, the higher the acidity. The neutral point is 7.0, and any number above this is more alkaline. Some turf grasses like a bit more acidity, such as centipede grass, but most are fine around 6.5. In high pH soils, you often need to lower yard pH. This is relatively easy but should start first with a simple soil test
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If you live in a hilly area, your property may have one or more steep slopes. As you’ve probably discovered, getting grass on a hill is not an easy matter. Even a moderate rain can wash the seed away, erosion leaches nutrients from the soil, and winds can dry out and compact the earth. Although growing grass on a slope is difficult, it’s not impossible. What Defines Steep Sloping Lawns? Steep sloping lawns are those that have a grade of 20% or more. A 20% grade rises one foot (.91 m.) in height for every 5 feet (1.5 m.) of distance. To put this into perspective, it’s dangerous to mow horizontally with a riding tractor on slopes with a 15% or greater grade. At this angle, tractors can overturn. In addition to mowing issues, growing grass on a slope becomes more difficult as the grade becomes steeper. Homeowners with grades
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Ornamental grasses are low maintenance perennials that add interest to the landscape year round. Because they require minimal care, a reasonable question to ask is “do ornamental grasses need fertilizing?” If so, what are the feeding needs for ornamental grass plants? Should I Feed my Ornamental Grasses? Many ornamental grasses have become popular staples in the colder hardiness zones both for their cold tolerance and visual interest throughout the fall and winter seasons. Generally, ornamental grasses are not cut back until the early spring, which allows the grassy fronds to add some aesthetic value during a time when most plants are dormant. Once established, in their second year from planting, ornamental grasses require very little maintenance beyond occasional division and cutting back or cleaning them up in the early spring. But do ornamental grasses need fertilizing? Not really. Most grasses prefer to live sparsely with fairly low levels of fertility.
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