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Fertilizer & Lime

Rate of lime to use when a soil test is unavailable, Soil Texture, Tons/Acre, Pounds/1000 sqft, Sands and loams 2 tons/acre = 100lbs per 1000 sqft, Clayey (except alkaline soils) 3 tons/acre = 150lbs per 1000sqft, clayey alkaline 0 tons/acre = 0lbs per 1000sqft

A soil test should be used to determine fertility and pH. If a soil test is not available and lime has not been applied in the past three years, lime should be applied at the rate shown in the following chart. Lime and fertilizer are most efficient when incorporated into the soil. They should be uniformly spread over the site prior to land preparation and mixed completely with the soil. Lime takes several months to react with the soil and become fully effective. Where needed, it is essential for success. Pelletized lime is available in bags convenient for small plots and areas where access with a spreader truck is not practical.

Courtesy of Potash and Phosphate Institute, Soil pH and nutrient availablity. The wider the bar, the more available the nutrient. Calcium, magnesium, and potassium, Iron, maganese and aluminum, Phosphorus and boron, copper and zinc, Nitrogen and sulver, 4, 6, 8, 10, Soil pHFertilizer and lime are particularly important to mixtures with clovers. Clovers will not be productive on acid sites (below pH 6.0) with low fertility unless fertilizer and lime are added.

Forest soils are typically low in phosphorous and/or potassium and usually require lime. If an area is fertilized and no lime is applied, the amount of fertilizer available to the plant is reduced. This causes a weak, sparse stand, especially if clover is present.

Liming is absolutely necessary for maximum fertilizer utilization and proper plant growth.



Visit the Soil Lab website for more information on collecting soil samples and having them tested, as well as online calcuators, and other information.