When Do You Put Lime on Your Garden?

When Do You Put Lime on Your Garden?

Gardeners should put lime on their gardens when the pH level falls below 6.0. Plants grow best in a slightly acidic environment, with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, and lime helps to raise the soil pH to an appropriate level.

Before adding lime to his garden, a gardener should first test the soil using a soil test to ensure that the pH levels are low enough for lime. Adding lime to soil that already has a pH of 6.5 can harm plants by preventing nutrients from being available. Plants in soil with a too high pH typically have yellow leaves and stunted growth.