Lime

Asked June 5, 2020, 9:06 PM EDT

We are invaded with Sedum with the yellow flowers, will appling lime to the yard help get rid of it? I have 2 cats that go outside and was wondering about the organic lime as more pet friendly or can you recommend a brand?

Wexford County Michigan

1 Response

A soil test will tell you if your soil is deficient in a particular nutrient and/or needs pH adjustment. I would not recommend applying lime unless your soil test indicates that it is needed. You can purchase a soil test kit from MSU Extension here: https://shop.msu.edu/product_p/bulletin-e3154.htm
I am guessing the sedum that you refer to is mossy stonecrop (Sedum acre). This plant thrives in nutrient poor soils, so it may help to amend your lawn soil based on the soil test results. Here is an article from MSU Extension about mossy stonecrop: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/scouting_for_weeds_mossy_stonecrop
I would also recommend trying to increase the organic matter in your soil by following some of our Smart Gardening lawn care tips. You can find Smart Gardening for Lawns tipsheets here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/home_gardening/lawns/