Lime and Gypsum

Lime and Gypsum

Lime Benefits

Lime is a mineral naturally found in soil. Lime helps to regulate the soil pH and creates a more suitable environment for plants and lawns to grow. The majority of nutrients for healthy plant growth are present when soils are neutral and have a pH around 7.0.

Lime also encourages the decomposition process of thatch by creating an environment that worms and other microbes are able to thrive in. Less thatch means that fertilizers and herbicides will be more effective in reaching the intended points of contact.

Gypsum Benefits

Gypsum is also a natural mineral found in our native soils. Gypsum’s key benefit is that it will help loosen heavy, clay soils and improve soil drainage. With Platte County and Clay County having an abundance of clay in the soil, we have found it advantageous for some of our properties to perform routine gypsum applications.

Also, many times during new construction heavy equipment is operated on the soil around the home. Just prior to sodding, a tractor will perform light grading to smooth out the surface. Operating this type of equipment further compacts and hardens the soil making it that much more likely to have poor drainage.

Not all properties need lime or gypsum. If you’re lawn has good drainage and remains green through the hottest portions of summer, you may be one of the lucky ones! However, if you have doubts about the composition of your soil the process to complete a soil test is relatively easy and will help ensure your lawn looks the best that it can year after year.

Winkler’s recommends lime and gypsum applications in the fall to early spring with months when the lawn is under less stress.