Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Quick lime is Calcium Oxide (CaO) and should be used with extreme care on soil. Quick lime will react quickly with water and form a calcium hydrate. However, if sufficient water isn't available, quick lime pulls water from plants, bacteria, fungi and other living organisms, which can lead to plant death.

Quick lime will also react with manures and nitrogen fertilizers, releasing the nitrogen as a gas before it can be absorbed by the roots.


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