Adding Lime to the Garden and Lawn is Key for Successful Gardening

Real Estate Agent with Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky

Adding Lime to the Garden and Lawn is Key for Successful Gardening

Every summer I have people ask me how I am able to grow such a great garden. The soil is the key and adding a garden lime to the soil is essential. We get a lot of rain during the year here in Lexington. In fact our average rainfall far exceeds the rainfall in Seattle, Washington. Rain tends to cause acid build up in the soil. The majority of plants like a Ph level between six and seven. In order to help keep soil in the six to seven Ph range, homeowners need to add at least 40 pounds of garden lime to every 1,000 square feet of garden and lawn each year.

If your soil has a lot of clay, then you can probably put two or three times as much lime on it. Jerome Lange, a Casey County organic farmer, recommends five times as much lime as what most of the experts do. Mr. Lange argues that this much lime will keep the Kentucky soil loose and help prevent flooding during the heavy rains.

Adding Lime to the Garden and Lawn is Key for Successful Gardening

Sweeten the soil with lime and you will save time and fertilizer. Even if you use the best organic fertilizers the plants will not be able to assimilate the nutrients is the soil is too acidic. It is much the same idea of successful baking. If you bake a cake or cookies without the baking soda or baking powder there will be no chemical reaction and you will have a flat cake. Without the lime in the garden soil you will have stunted plants. It is both inefficient and frustrating to waste a lot of money on fertilizers that are of no use to the plants! Plants cannot assimilate the nutrients if the soil is not sweet enough. If you need a lot of lime then it will probably be cheaper to purchase it from a local hardware store. 

Adding Lime to the Garden and Lawn is Key for Successful Gardening

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Comments (6)

John G. Johnston
John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC - Westcliffe, CO
An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO

Paul  My wife and I own a bed and breakfast.  When I bought the property back in 2003 the property was a closed down-boarded up motel.  I bought it just to have a real estate office.  Back then I had 5 agents working for me.  My front sidewalk is a beautiful flower garden every year.  I fought townhall and won when they wanted to brick my sidewalk like the rest of town.  Needless to say, I'm easy to find...I'm the flower garden on Main Street.  For revenge they made me a Town Trustee.

Dec 18, 2012 09:19 AM
Wayne Johnson
Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS® - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale

Paul-That was an interesting point about the amount of rain you get in KY. Getting more than Seattle is quite a feat. I did not know the benefits of lime.

Dec 18, 2012 09:37 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

The garden center told me to put lime in my garden at the end of this year as the soll I inherited was a disaster.  Hoping next year I'll see an improvement.

Dec 18, 2012 09:50 AM
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky - Lexington, KY
Kentucky Homes for Sale



More people should insist on doing the right thing when it comes to the choice between gardens and pavement.  My parents retired to Buena Vista back in 1972.  I have a brother that lives in Montrose.  You live in a wonderful area.  I hope you enjoy the BB. 

Dec 18, 2012 10:08 PM
Paul Campbell Realtor Lexington
Rector Hayden, Lexington, Ky - Lexington, KY
Kentucky Homes for Sale


Yes you would be wise to lime your garden every year.  If you have plants like azaleas and rhodies you will want to skip them.  They like an acidic soil. 




I lived near Seattle for over 30 years.  Believe me it is much wetter in the southeast.  It rains more days in Seattle but rarely do that get the downpouring rains of the southeast. 

Dec 18, 2012 10:11 PM
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