Why Is My Lawn Acidic?


Acidic soil is a serious problem for developing a bright, green lawn. That’s why it’s important to examine your soil and make sure that it isn’t too acidic for your lawn to grow properly.

Acidic lawns can be hard to notice without testing. Signs of an acidic lawn may be bare sections or yellowed grass, but this could also be a sign of many other issues as well.

Acidic lawns are caused by a variety of issues including:

  1. Environment – If there is acid in the environment, there will be acid in your soil. With pollution, leaves, compost, and other potential contributors to the soil’s health, many different things can add acid to the soil and upset its natural pH balance.
  2. Too Much Water – Too much water can also upset a soil’s pH balance. If you overwater or it rains too often, it is possible that all of this water will push out important nutrients that would actually stop the soil from becoming acidic, including calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals usually make it so the soil is not acidic, so if these nutrients are not around to do their job, there is nothing there to take away the acidity from the soil.
  3. Fertilizers – The last fairly common way that a lawn and its soil can become too acidic is if there is heavy usage of fertilizers that contain a lot of nitrogen. Nitrogen is normally very important for your soil, but improper fertilization can hurt your soil’s acidity. That’s why it’s strongly recommended that you put your fertilization in the hands of experts.

Testing for Acidic Soil and Treating It

The best way to find out if your soil is acidic is with pH testing. Green Lawn Fertilizing offers free lawn pH testing in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey, so you don’t have to worry if you think you might have acidic soil. We also follow that up with a liming service – the safest known way to reduce soil acidity so that your lawn can thrive.

Lawn acidity happens even to the best of homeowners. If you are concerned about an acidic lawn, give us a call today at 888-581-5296. We’re happy to check it for you and let you know next steps if we find that it isn’t the right pH.


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