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#14989 - 05/28/07 04:57 PM Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Lora K. Offline
Feather

Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 38
Loc: New Hampshire
I have a new "lawn" and I need to lime and fertilize it. The chickens that are old enough are in the house but not on that part of the lawn. Is it safe to lime and fertilize?

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#14990 - 05/28/07 11:20 PM Re: Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
Lime and fertilizer are normally ok to spread in both Spring and Autumn. Not sure why you are asking unless you are worried it will affect your hens? Lime will not hurt them at all, if it normal lime (not burnt). The fertilizer you use
may need some caution, but that largely depends on just what it is. Super phospate may burn as will potash, but there are lots of different kinds of fertilizers in pelletized form. If you are really worried, wait for a good rainy day and do it then. The rain will wash most of the residue into the rootzone of your lawn. New lawn LOVES nitrogen. You could broadcast Urea to kick start it if the weather is still cold.

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#14991 - 05/29/07 06:13 AM Re: Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Lora K. Offline
Feather

Registered: 05/04/07
Posts: 38
Loc: New Hampshire
Yes I was worried that if I used pelletized lime and fertilizers the chicken would find it later and eat it and die. The chickens will be fre ranging in about a month or so and I did want to find a lawn full of dead chickens.
Thanks and sorry about the confusing way I wrote my questions!
Lora

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#14992 - 05/29/07 10:44 AM Re: Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Joachim Dippold Offline
Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 1823
Loc: Austria
Hello,

Quote:
The rain will wash most of the residue into the rootzone of your lawn.
This is true if it rains a little bit. But if it rains longer/heavier all the chemicals and stuff go right into the ground-water. Just a thought...

Best greetings,

Joachim

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#14993 - 05/29/07 02:22 PM Re: Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Garden Chick Offline
Coop Keeper

Registered: 08/23/05
Posts: 447
Loc: Minnesota
Use crushed eggs shells for lime if you can get them. It is the preferred method in organics.

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#14994 - 05/29/07 04:35 PM Re: Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Rob2 Offline
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Registered: 03/28/03
Posts: 3068
Loc: Pennsylvania
ground limestone, seems pretty natural to me!!

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#14995 - 05/29/07 11:20 PM Re: Is it safe to lime my new lawn?
Foehn Offline
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Lord of the Fowl

Registered: 08/08/06
Posts: 1968
Loc: New Zealand
If you spread the lime and fertilizer now, I doubt much will be in evidence in a month, as long as it rains.

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