In the spring, your lawn is emerging from winter dormancy and preparing for new growth. However, if your soil is too acidic, chances are your grass will not achieve the beautiful growth you envision. Here in South Dakota and Iowa, acidic soil can affect your lawn and make it difficult for the roots of your grass to absorb the nutrients it needs to thrive. Common signs that indicate that your soil is too acidic include yellow grass, moss on your lawn, a large number of weeds in your lawn, and your grass not responding to fertilizer treatments. To remedy the problem, you should sign up for a soil care package that includes an application of a pH-balancing soil conditioner to help neutralize the soil. Keep reading to learn more!

What happens if your lawn has acidic soil?

Soil being tested for acidity in Sioux Falls, SD.

For your lawn to grow strong and healthy in the spring, your soil should have a pH level of around 7. If your soil is too acidic, your lawn will have a difficult time absorbing the nutrients that it needs to stay healthy. Over time, this can weaken your lawn and make it more susceptible to environmental stressors, such as diseases and insect infestations.

Common Signs Your Soil Is Too Acidic

Ensuring that your soil is not too acidic is essential to the overall health of your lawn. While it can sometimes be difficult to determine what the pH level of your soil is, there are some common signs that you can look out for that can indicate that your soil is too acidic. These signs include:

  • Yellow grass: Your lawn may develop patches and spots of yellow grass when your soil is too acidic.
  • An increased presence of weeds: If you're noticing more weeds than usual in your lawn, it could be because your soil is too acidic. That's because weeds can take advantage of the reduced competition for resources.
  • Fertilizer treatments don't seem effective: If your soil is acidic, it will reduce the effectiveness of fertilizer treatments because acidic soil makes it difficult for your grass to absorb nutrients.
  • Moss on your lawn: Moss is extremely adaptable and thrives in different soil conditions, especially acidic soil. If you are noticing moss on your lawn, there's a good chance your soil is acidic.

Symptoms of acidic soil can resemble symptoms of lawn diseases. Call a professional to diagnose your lawn accurately.

What should you do if your soil is too acidic?

Soil conditioner being added to soil in Harrisburg, SD.

If you suspect your soil is acidic, you may need professional help to neutralize its pH level. Signing up for a soil care package is your best option. Such packages should include an application of pH-balancing soil conditioner in the spring. This type of treatment is designed to balance your soil's pH level. Soil care packages should also include other treatments, like an organic soil amendment and a nutrient soil replenisher to keep your soil healthy throughout the year.

Call us today to sign up for our soil care package!

Without healthy soil, your lawn may not grow as strong and beautiful as you want. Sign up for our soil care package today to improve the quality of your soil. At Sharp Lawn Care, we offer a comprehensive set of treatments to keep your soil fresh and healthy. Some of the treatments in our package include a pH-balancing soil conditioner and an organic soil amendment. We service commercial, HOA, and residential properties in Sioux Falls, Tea, Harrisburg, and nearby areas in South Dakota. We also provide our service to areas in and around Sioux City, IA. If you're in South Dakota, call us at (605) 251-6880. If you're in Iowa, call us at (712) 253-8024.