Please note that limestone is considered a rock and as we know, rocks are not readily soluble in water. Therefore, it must be ground to a very fine substance to neutralize acid soils effectively. With most granular agricultural limestone the fineness is limited to 30% to 40% passing through a 100 mesh screen. Sharpe Landscape Supply Liquid Lime is ground to a fineness whereby 100% will pass through a 300 mesh screen ( see particle size on guaranteed analysis label). It stands to reason that the fineness of this product would allow the pH in both soil and water to start changing in considerably less time than granular limestone.
Conventional agricultural limestone is usually applied in the fall and winter months. This allows several months for the granular lime to start breaking down to neutralize acid soils. Sharpe Landscape Supply Liquid Lime can be applied at any time of the year and is not restricted to seasonal application since it begins to neutralize acid soils usually within 7 to 10 days.
Calcium Carbonate Equivalent (CCE)
Relative Neutralizing Value (RNV)
Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3)
Calcium Oxide (CaO)
Magnesium Carbonate (MgCO3)
Magnesium Oxide (MgO)
|Store above 32F
|100% Passing (Min.)
100% Passing (Min.)
100% Passing (Min.)
Hydro-Seeding With Liquid Lime
When a site has been prepared to hydro-seed and the specifications call for lime, what are you going to use? Are you going to have a spreader truck come and spread agricultural lime? Are you going to use a tag-along spreader and spread the lime yourself? What if you have severe slopes? How are you going to get even coverage? Most of the lime will end up at the bottom of the slope. Maybe you're thinking of pouring bagged limestone into your hydro-seeder and applying it along with seed, fertilizer, and mulch. Nope! Remember in times past when this was done, most of the lime ended up at the bottom of the hydro-seeder. Not to mention the abrasive abuse limestone can cause equipment.
These costly methods have been used since day one and have been less effective in raising the pH in acid soils. Granular agricultural limestone usually takes anywhere from 6 to 9 months to start working and by this time the fertilizer that was applied will long have been leached away. This allows for a very un-healthy stand of grass. We've all seen this happen.
"Dixie Green" can be applied directly into a hydro-seeder and the fineness of this material will cause no abrasive damage to the equipment. Since it is already in suspension, it will readily mix with seed, fertilizer, and mulch which will allow even distribution over the surface area. You won't have to worry about it settling in the bottom of the tank as with granular agricultural limestone. And yes, it will start to work almost immediately along with the fertilizer to insure a more rapid stand of healthy grass. usually 2 1/2 to 5 gallons of liquid lime per acre will provide the needed benefits to raise pH in acid soils. As stated earlier, liquid lime will start reacting within 7 to 10 days whereby ag-lime takes 6 to 9 months.
Liquid lime is not to be used as a replacement for agricultural lime but it can be used to provide a quick pH change, therefore, allowing a much healthier stand of grass in less time. Proper maintenance should be followed and a soil sample is recommended.