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#339128 - 08/13/07 10:57 AM Lime, can it be "watered" in.
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I just decided to take my first stab at a small food plot to bowhunt over this fall. Bow season starts on Sept 29th for us, so I would like to get seed on the ground around Sept 15th. I have not done a soil test as of yet. I mowed the area close a week ago and will look to hit it with Roundup sometime by this weekend. I am not going to work the soil other than to rake or drag the dead vegation away. I will be able to keep this plot watered as we have a new well with good capacity about 200' from the plot area.

A few questions:
(1)Is is too late for lime additions?
(2)Can lime be watered in or must it be tilled in?
(3) Anyone have experience with any type of battery powered faucet water timer. It will still be plenty hot here in mid sept. and I would like to be able to hit the plot with water everyday or so if needed.

I appreciate the info.

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#339301 - 08/13/07 01:29 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: 1Roscoe]
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It's not to late to lime, but depending on the type of lime, you won't see maximum effect for 6 months. Yes, lime will percolate through the soil, but not as effectively as if it were tilled in.

I have 8 acres of food plots that have never had the soil turned. The soil isn't great and the plots are nowhere near as productive as turned-ground plots, but they work for what I want them to do (attract deer and provide higher quality nutrition during fall and winter).
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#339303 - 08/13/07 01:30 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: 1Roscoe]
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(1)Is is too late for lime additions?

For anything you plant this early fall, yes. Lime needs a few months to react into the soil. What you put down now will certainly help in the future, however.

(2)Can lime be watered in or must it be tilled in?

Yes, it can be watered in, it just takes longer.

Sorry, I can't help you with (3).
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#339518 - 08/13/07 04:27 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: BSK]
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Thanks for the responses!

 Originally Posted By: BSK
It's not to late to lime, but depending on the type of lime, you won't see maximum effect for 6 months.


Bryan, what type of lime would you recommend? I'm doing a small plot, so cost is somewhat irrelivant. All I've seen locally is a Pulverized Limestone by Pavestone @ Home Depot.
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#339548 - 08/13/07 04:44 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: 1Roscoe]
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Very, very finely ground lime will activate in the soil much faster than lime that is rough ground. The size of the lime particles drives how fast they activate in the soil.
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#339557 - 08/13/07 04:54 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: BSK]
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... and the pulverized stuff (it's ground about as fine as can be) is the quickest.
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#339564 - 08/13/07 04:55 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: BSK]
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We still use that Biologic pHFertilizer on some of our fields that are impossible to get a lime truck to. If the plot is small that might help you out. The stuff activates within weeks.
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#339583 - 08/13/07 05:10 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: Trapper John]
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I am under the impression that pelletized lime works the fastest,am I confused on this.
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#339923 - 08/13/07 07:31 PM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: Foggy54]
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What about the PH Gain Liquid Calcium product by EVOLVED habitats?? It is touted as liquid lime.
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#340695 - 08/14/07 07:07 AM Re: Lime, can it be "watered" in. [Re: FOOTER]
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 Originally Posted By: FOOTER
What about the PH Gain Liquid Calcium product by EVOLVED habitats?? It is touted as liquid lime.


Yes, it works, but it is prohibitively expensive.
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