Lime neutralizes soil acidity. Most soils contain appreciable amounts of acidic components that can be toxic to plants, so lime is the “anti-acid” for soils. Lime raises soil pH and neutralizes acid, providing a more favorable environment for microorganisms. Plants will utilize applied fertilizers more efficiently on soils that are properly limed. Lime increases the effectiveness of fertilizers.

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If your soil is extremely acidic, the pH is 4.5, and you waste 71% of any fertilizer you apply.

If your soil is high in acid, the pH is 5.5, and you waste 33% of any fertilizer you apply.

If your soil is medium in acid content, the pH is 6.0, and you waste 20% of any fertilizer you apply.

Weaver’s Ace Hardware has pelletized lime that is good for use on broadcast spreaders and we also have pulverized lime, which is a powdered lime. Visit our Lawn & Garden Department for more information on these products.