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Lime, What's it used for?
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DJ    Posted 04-01-2002 at 04:56:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read about putting down lime for this and for that. But what is it and why is it used and what are some of the ways it's used.

And should I use it?

carmel    Posted 08-28-2005 at 09:20:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
can lime be used for fleas in my yard.

Dick hayhurst    Posted 06-23-2002 at 23:36:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It's good to put a bucketfull in the septic now and again, speeds breakdown and cuts odour.

DJ, can you email your county agent too?    Posted 04-01-2002 at 14:35:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
seems like we're hearin a WHOLE LOT
from one source here- makes me think.

Salmoneye    Posted 04-01-2002 at 05:15:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lime is used to balance soil from acidic to 'sweet' which is more base.
Have your soil tested and then ask your county extension agent what you will need to do to the soil for prep to grow the crops that you want...

Salmoneye...PS...    Posted 04-01-2002 at 05:33:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was speaking solely about Ag Lime/Sweet Lime.

Ag Lime is usually crushed limestone with varying degrees of calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate.

There is another substance known as 'Quicklime'.
This consists of calcium oxide. This stuff can be used in certain ag situations, but is also very caustic. You do not want to breath this stuff and for most general users is not recommended. This is the stuff you dump on a varmint when you bury it. It speads decay and retards above ground scents.

So my previous recommendation still stands.
You need a soil test and then some expert advice to see if you need lime or not...

Uh, I understand that    Posted 04-01-2002 at 09:33:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
the boys around Chicago sometimes use a little quick lime also.

Bill Shaver    Posted 04-01-2002 at 12:09:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
oh lots of thigs, like in the cow stable in the stalls, to santiize the floor, whitewash the barn, etc, etc, But the real use is on your fields that are of low ph like below 6.8, It;ll bring the ph more to neutral which is essential to make better use of fertilizers, and allow for a better enviornment for the organic matter to break down & leave nutrients in the ground for plants to readily absorb.

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