How does lime work?
Acidic soil, whether acidic from fertilizer applications, rainfall, or organic matter decomposing, is technically the result of chemical reactions. Calcium and other important nutrients are constantly being leached out of the soil, and Hydrogen and other acidic nutrients are being added, causing a constant decline in soil pH.
Lime, in its most pure form, is made up largely of Calcium. Calcium Carbonate is a base (the opposite of an acid), and therefore, has a neutralizing effect on acid. Similar to how antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid, putting lime on your lawn or garden neutralizes acid in the soil.
Lime products for lawn and garden can be found at your local garden center. For an easy to use, fast acting lime, ask for Encap’s Fast Acting Lime. Encap’s Fast Acting Lime is AST enhanced to hold unlocked nutrients in the root zone where plants need them most. Find it at your local lawn and garden center!
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