Lawn weeds

I bought some "Weed Be Gone" but all that did was seem to get 'em a little excited. I could swear I heard them chuckling the next morning when I stepped out on my back stoop. Apparently the only way this stuff would be any good is if I ordered it by the truck load and saturated the ground with it.

I've been doing some research... seeing as how I don't know a thing about plants and soil. The extent of my knowledge is that if the grass is long, I know it needs to be cut.

It looks like I will have to do a pH test on my lawn to determine its level. A 6.5 pH level is optimal for growing grass. Dandelions, on the other hand, prefer a more akaline soil at a 7.5 pH level or higher. So.... first thing first. How do I determine the pH Level of my soli?

I found this video online which shows you how to do a test with a simple kit.

After I watched the video (because I didn't want to order the stuff online) I checked if something like this was available around town. It was. I could get something called "C.I.L Soil Testing Kit" -- and it looks like almost the same thing as the one in the video. So I'm ready to do a test, and of course it started raining. I will have to save it for another day.

But depending on which way the test goes, you can lower the pH level by spreading on some sulphur, or increase the level using some lime. I'm guessing I will have to use lime, which is something that would get done at the end of the season, and then once more in the Spring at the start of the season.

I know this may sound very basic to those of you who do some gardening. But for those of us without this knowledge, goes to show, you're never too old to learn something new. :-)


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