I figure there's several intelligent people here that might be able to help me out without registering for a multitude of other forums to try and get some insight and suggestions.
We used Virginia Tech's soil lab to get a test done on our lawn as it's "Patchy" with a "spring Mix" to put it nicely. (Or dead spots, weeds, and clover to be more accurate).
Hopefully my formatting will be readable, anyway here's what we came back with:
Now based on our yard being about 0.33 acres (14,000+ square feet) - their recommendation seems like a ton of lime.
(all in lb/A)
P 51 (med-high)
K 115 (Med)
Ca 1169 (Med-High)
Mg 203 (High bordering on Very High)
Zn 7.9ppm (Sufficient)
Mn 8.3ppm (Sufficient)
Cu 0.6ppm (Sufficient)
Fe 17.6ppm (Sufficient)
B 0.1ppm (Sufficient)
Soil pH: 5.4
Buffer Index: 5.95
Est-CEC: 7.8 (meq/100g)
Accidity %: 34.2
Base Sat %: 65.9
Ca Sat %: 53.3
Mg Sat %: 10.7
K Sat %: 1.9
Crop: LAWN MAINTENANCE - BLUEGRASS, FESCUE (202)
612. LIME RECOMMENDATIONS: Apply 150 pounds of agricultural limestone (ground, pulverized or pelletized) per 1000 square feet in several
small applications of up to 50 lbs each, at intervals of 1 to 6 months, until the full amount is applied.
991. Numbered notes are viewable at http://www.soiltest.vt.edu/Files/publications.html
208. FERTILIZER RECOMMENDATIONS: Use any complete "turf-type" fertilizer according to the instructions in the note on lawn
fertilization. (A "turf-type" fertilizer is typically high in nitrogen, and has little or no phosphorus and potassium, e.g., 25-0-7.)
And since lime usually includes the Calcium as well, will that bone us?
What's the best method of adjusting our soil pH while keeping everything else happy?