Calcium is a micronutrient that provides your lawn with some important properties. For example, calcium acts as a barrier between a plant’s cells and pathogens like viruses and bacteria. It also encourages the division of cells and helps a plant’s stem and root achieve optimum developments.
A calcium-rich lawn contains more nitrogen. Nitrogen, as we have previously discussed, Nitrogen, in a nutshell, is responsible of plants and, without it, a lawn will not thrive. Therefore, calcium is also responsible for stimulating the lawn and the plants’ metabolism as well as its enzyme activity.
Calcium is considered to be an essential plant nutrient. It helps with cell wall integrity and maintaining the soil’s pH. It’s important in the soil because it helps maintain good soil structure and improves overall nutrient availability.
Pests and disease can wreck a lawn. With enough calcium in your lawn, that is less likely to happen. Plants and soil with plenty of calcium are less likely to succumb to these problems. Why? Because, as we already mentioned, calcium acts as a barrier between a plant’s cells and pathogens. It protects your lawn from the ravages of pest and disease.
If you find you have a calcium deficiency in your lawn, it’s probably because your soil is too acidic. The pH level in soil is instrumental in calcium availability. A plant shows signs of calcium deficiency if it has dead tips or the leaves are curling inward. You can perform a soil pH test to check for the level of acidity in your lawn. If the pH is too low, you can take measures to increase it.
Lime can benefit a calcium-deficient lawn. In addition to changing the pH level of the soil, lime gives plants much-needed calcium and magnesium. It reduces soil’s solubility and limits the toxicity found in aluminum, manganese and iron. If the soil is too acidic, aluminum, manganese and iron can inhibit a plant’s growth.
Lime also increases nutrient uptake. This facilitates the process of the lawn receiving necessary nutrients like phosphorous, zinc and copper. When you use lime, bacterial activity is also stimulated. This improves the soil’s structure. Of course, adding organic material or compost can also boost your soil’s quality.
So, too, can Holganix. Emerald Lawns uses Holganix, along with fertilizer, to improve the quality of your lawn. To learn more about Holganix, read this article or call us at 512-990-2199.