First of all , your article was just the answer I have been looking for. My wife has been after me for years to not use chemicals on our lawn. I love your ideas and there is peace at home. I do have three questions though: 1. I put lime on my lawn a few weeks ago and I think it may have been a mistake. What did you do to remedy your situation? 2.What are your thoughts on zoiza grass? My back yard is predominantly zoiza and it has its shortcomings in the spring( white/dead, and you track it in the house). 3. My neighbor has several huge oak trees and my yard seems to be where the majority of them land. I heard they are really acidic and bad for the lawn. When I find a small dead patch in my lawn , there is almost always an oak leaf or two in it.
3) The value of the organic matter far outweighs any pH issues. The problem you are witnessing has far more to do with matting than anything else. If you were to mow those leaves with a mulching mower, it would probably make your grass super healthy. But as whole leaves, it can strangle your grass.