Sweetens soil by reducing soil acidity and suppressing toxic aluminium
Makes nutrients more available to plants – including applied fertilisers
Promotes strong plant growth by correcting Calcium deficiency
Improves soil structure
Helps to aerate soils
Breaks up clay soils
Promotes earthworm activity
As lime neutralises acidity, testing soil for its pH value with a testing kit is recommended. The optimum level or “neutral range” is between pH 6.5 and 7. In neutral soils, most nutrients are available and the plant may take up what it needs without restraint.
100gms (approx. ½ cup) per square metre will bring the pH up from 5 to 7, so 60 – 90 gms per square metre would be most commonly used.
When planting trees, shrubs, flowering plants or vegetables, incorporate lime into the soil to promote early root development and strong, healthy growth.
Sprinkle lime into compost box, layering compost and lime. This will help release the elements and speed the breakdown of the composting material as well as reducing odour.
Always water well after applying lime.
NOTE: Do not use Lime on acid loving plants such as Azalea, Camellia, Daphne, Boronia, and Rhododendron. Hydrangea will eventually turn from blue to pink with the application of lime. Crops such as Potatoes, Tomatoes, Raspberries and Strawberries also do well in a more acidic soil. (pH 5.0 – 6.0)