Your lawn needs nutrients to stay healthy and resist diseases and damages. Calcium is a great micronutrient that will provide your lawn with some important properties! In this blog, you will learn about calcium and the benefits of this nutrient in your yard.

What is Calcium?

Calcium is a micronutrient that 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 roots achieve optimum developments!

Why does Your Lawn Need Calcium?

A calcium-rich lawn contains more nitrogen. Without nitrogen, your yard will not thrive. Because of this, calcium is responsible for stimulating the lawn and the plants’ metabolism as well as its enzyme activity!

Calcium is considered to be an essential plant nutrient. Here are some wonderful benefits that calcium adds to your yard:

  • Strengthens cell wall integrity
  • Maintains soil pH
  • Improves soil structure
  • Enhances overall nutrient availability
  • Stimulates plants’ metabolism and enzyme activity
  • Reduces pest and disease challenges

Pests and diseases can wreck a lawn. With enough calcium in your lawn, these challenges are less likely to happen. Why? Because calcium acts as a barrier between a plant’s cells and pathogens. It protects your lawn from the ravages of pests and diseases!

What Causes a Calcium Deficiency?

If you find that you may have a calcium deficiency in your lawn, it’s probably because your soil is too acidic! The pH level in the soil is instrumental in calcium availability. Here are some signs of plants with a calcium deficiency:

  • There are dead tips
  • The leaves are curling inward
  • Stunted plant growth

You can also perform a soil pH test to check for the level of acidity in your lawn! If the pH is too low, you can take proper 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 give us a call.

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