Sometimes when explaining to people the needs of their gardens, I say, “Well how would you feel if …”
Attributing human qualities to your plants can give you a refreshing understanding of your garden needs. Let’s try that with explaining the importance of proper pH in your garden.
For plants and lawn- Proper liming and pH is an integral part of the plants’ ability to absorb nutrients.
For you- Sitting down at the table with a beautiful spread of chicken, potatoes and broccoli is really great after a long hard day.
For plants and Lawn- Without correct pH (around 7) the plant and lawn cannot achieve its optimum growth and or bloom no matter how much fertilizer you put on it.
For you instead of a nutritious meal you, you get watery pudding, frozen lettuce, and cotton candy and you are still hungry.
For plants and lawn- If any stressors or going on like low sunlight, muggy summers and too much rain.
For You- If someone turns off the lights, cranks up the heat, locks the doors, and the center of the room fills up with 2 “ of water…
For plants and lawn- Everything is more vulnerable and weakened as to the harm that pests, root rot, and drainage problems can do.
You get angry, hungry, tired and catch a terrible cold.
Get the idea?
So go out now, buy a bag of pelletized lime and broadcast it on your lawn and beds. It takes 6 months to raise your pH one half of a point.
When you finish, go inside and have a nice turkey, lettuce, and tomato and cheese sandwich with a smidge of mayonnaise, potato chips and a pickle. Give a collective sigh of relief for you and your yard.