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Old 05-21-2011, 09:22 AM
tcjim tcjim is offline
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Lime

Pelletized lime is best. It is easy to spread and breaks down quickly in the soil. Lime is very slow acting in the soil. The smaller the particle size the quicker it reacts in the soil. Pelletized lime is actually compressed pulverized lime. Soil tests typically recommend either dolomitic lime which is used to compensate for magnesium deficiencies or calcitic lime which does not have an effect on magnesium levels in the soil. In lieu of a soil test I would apply 50 lbs. of lime per thousand square feet. A year ago I would have recommended a starter fertilizer like 18-25-12 in lieu of a soil test. today I would not recommend any potassium or phosphorous without a soil test. There are currently concerns about over applying these nutrients. You make the call.
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