I bought this Lime (dolometic lime for lawn and gardens). I brought it home
to apply in an area infested with moss and heavy rain overflows. I found out
that the damn lime powder does not fall through the rotary spreader or drop
spreader (SCOTTS). How do you folks apply lime powder to the lawn?
I don't add lime unless I want to raise the soils pH, which I usually never
do. Nearly all plants that you want to keep or encourage to grow, prefer a
pH of 6.5 or less. The higher you go, the more chance you have of killing
your good plants and encouraging the weeds to grow. I would do a pH test of
your soil and see what pH your type of grass prefers.
To answer your question, you may have to put it out by hand, or try another
spreader that agitates the product inside the spreader storage area, while
broadcasting it out from the bottom.
Apparenty you bought ground Dolomitic limestone. It is difficult to
feed accurately through a lawn spreader. You may try a more wide open
setting on your rotary spreader. If that does not work you may try
broadcasting. I don't know where you live, most soils in the east
except the natural limestones soils will be acidic. A soil test is
always reccommended. But limestone/ or dolomitic limestone is neutral,
so the danger of making your soil basic is not a problem. Dolomite is
Calcium Magnesium carbonate, a good source of magnesium if you need,
but slower to react with acid in the soil than calcium carbonate
The core issue here is using lime to eliminate moss in your lawn. Lime will
increase the alkalinity of your soil, but that's not what encourages the
growth of the moss. Rather, it's that moss tends to grow in shady, moist,
compacted areas. To rid the area of the moss, you'll have to change the
moss-favorable conditions. In my humble opinion, moss IS better than bare
ground, which is likely what you'd have if not for the moss. Here's a nice
publication from the Extension in Wisconsin about this very subject:
In any event, before changing the pH of your soil -- for whatever purpose --
it's best to have your soil tested first to see what the pH actually is.
Suzy, Zone 5, Wisconsin
To support this Suzy, I found the most unusual lovely fluffy green moss
growing at the base of a big oak tree last week. I decided to place it on my
waterfall. When I lifted it up I realized that was the spot where I had left
an old near empty bag of lime out to long and when I picked it up the bottom
fell out spilling lime which I just left. That was several years ago. This
tree is at the top of my driveway with very compacted red clay soil with bad
drainage. Strange thing next day, the squirrels stole part of it already! Oh
heres what it will look like on the waterfall. Ingrid
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You are so right, Elaine. Shady, poorly drained soil -- clay is the
worst! -- is the perfect place for moss. I've no doubt the remains of the
bag of lime were simply accidental and didn't contribute to the moss.
Suzy, Zone 5, SE Wisconsin
I agree with the conditions but Suzy this beautiful moss was like no other I
have around and it was growing only on the lime spill...? Wish I had taken a
picture before I moved it. If it comes back I will remember to do that and
post a link for ya..
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