What does Lime do to the soil?
- It raises the pH level to provide the best conditions for growing pasture.
- Lime improves soil quality by lifting the soil pH level. This encourages earthworm and microbe activity, which improves overall soil structure and root development, essential for vigorous, healthy pasture
- Getting the soil pH at the ideal level (between 5.8 - 6.2) has a great effect on nutrient availability...
- This balanced environment also ensures fertiliser applications are fully utilised, and because of this, on farm results have shown fertiliser application can be reduced by approximately 25-40%!
Using lime to lift the pH makes poisonous elements less available:
- If soil pH is below 5.5 the aluminium solubility locks up phosphate so it can be used effectively by the soil
- More manganese is evident when soil has a low pH. This will make the pasture less palatable for the stock. Excessive manganese can also be poisonous to young stock