2 cups ≈ 1 lb; approximately 10 cups per 5 lb box
Down To Earth Garden Lime 5 LB
Down To Earth’s Garden lime sweetens your soil (raises the pH) to improve plant growth and maximize fertilizer performance. Natural limestone is ground into an ultra-fine powder and then formed into uniform mini granules (prills) for easy spreading and rapid reaction time. Lime supplies calcium, an essential nutrient required for proper plant growth.
Lime supplies nutrients like phosphorus and zinc in the soil that helps promote the spread of new, good bacteria in your garden.
Lime assists in making nutrients more readily available to plants, especially nitrogen.
Helps herbicides work more efficiently.
Most garden plants prefer a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Performing a complete soil analysis or using a soil pH home test kit before application is recommended.
Blueberries require a soil pH of 4 to 5.5. Vegetable gardens require a soil pH of 5.5 to 6.5.
Complex soil bacteria and fungi attached to the root systems of plants and found in colonies throughout the soil break down organic matter into its components. Water then transfers those components to the plant’s roots. If the soil pH is within the appropriate level for your plants, they can absorb these nutrients easily and effectively.
It takes several weeks to months to adjust the pH and assist in making more nutrients available to your plants. Some advise that you should add lime at the end of a growing season to give the lime enough time to work through the soil and react with water in order to be beneficial.
To Adjust Soil pH
|Current pH||Apply per 100 sq.ft|
|6.0||3 lbs (6 cups)|
|5.5||5 lbs (10 cups)|
|5.0||10 lbs (20 cups)|
Vegetable Gardens & Flower Beds:
To prepare new gardens, apply 1-1.5 lbs per 100 square feet by evenly distributing over soil surface by hand or spreader. For soil pH maintenance, test and apply seasonally as needed.
Trees & Shrubs:
Spread ½-1 lb per 1” of trunk diameter around the base outwards to the drip line and water in well.