You can get a rough idea of your soil by clicking your county at the following link.Thanks all. We do have some old cattle panels. I’ll figure a way to use one of those. Maybe strap or chain or wire some posts to it. About adding lime... the grass is good now, but I didn’t realize having cattle on it would make the soil too acid. Since we are in the middle of the Black Hills national Forest (nearly all pine and spruce) I’m guessing that the grass we have, whatever kinds it is, must be fairly acid tolerant. Or are all grasses more or less similar in regard to the soils they prefer? Sadly, I’ve never been much of a gardener except for a brief stint when I lived in Ohio. I had really quite a good garden there. It had to be the soil and the climate, though. It sure wasn’t me.
Is it worth-while getting a pH tester? Or is it better to just go with litmus paper? I found one called “Gain Express soil pH and moisture meter” at Amazon. (Sorry I can’t figure out how to copy or even see the Amazon link to it; the app keeps coming up and when I try to go there in my browser, that also opens the app. )
But if your soil is already at or near neutral, adding lime will push pH farther into the alkaline range and can easily make matters worse.......and,you also have to consider that pH is in it's most basic form, a measurement of how much available hydrogen is in our soil. Lime, whether crushed limestone or powdered dolomite contains a lot of calcium and magnesium and both have an unparalleled propensity to knock hydrogen ions off.(this is a bad thing)LOL I was going to collect the pine needles by raking the grass. Raking the wooded areas is too hard, with buck brush, branches, etc. Good point about the cause and effect, Greybeard. But if lime would help the grass grow better still, I’m all about doing that.