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How much lime do I need per acre?

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The amount of lime needed per acre depends on the current pH of the soil and the crop to be grown. A soil analysis obtained from a county agricultural extension service or professional testing service can provide guidance on how much lime to apply.

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How much lime do I need per acre?
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Lime is used to raise the pH of acidic soils. Most fruits, vegetables, lawn grasses and crops grow best in slightly acidic soils with a pH of 6.1 to 6.9. Blueberries are an important exception as they need a pH range of 4.9 to 5.5. All soils tend to return to their native pH levels over time, so for large-scale plantings, it's best to plant crops or grasses that need little or no modification to a soil's natural acidity or alkalinity.

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