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Soil is a vital part of our ecosystem. Just like human health, it’s important to keep it healthy all year round. To grow, crops and grasses pull nutrients from the soil – causing a depletion of essential nutrients within the top soil (first 4-6 inches of soil). These essential nutrients: calcium, sulfur, and magnesium, are known as ‘secondary nutrients’, since they aren’t as readily available as the main macronutrients: nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. When these secondary nutrients aren’t replaced, the ramifications are severe. For example – The Great Depression – a decade long economic collapse due largely to a prolonged deprivation and overuse of the soil. Below you’ll find more information on each of these powerful nutrients and the significant role they play in keeping our ecosystem healthy!

Calcium

Calcium is essential to plants due to its ability to strengthen and form the plant’s cell membrane and cell wall. Calcium is an immobile nutrient in soil and plant tissues, so its presence in the soil is vital to plant growth. Because of it’s ability to help with the enzymatic and hormonal processes, calcium helps increase crop yield and fruit quality. The make-up of calcium consists of positively charged ions which help in correcting soil pH that is acidic; enabling it to bring soil back to a neutral pH level (around 7.0). Having neutral soil helps with the germination of the plants and can allow fertilizers and sprays to be utilized to their fullest potential.

Sulfur

Over the last few years, the occurrence of sulfur deficient soils has increased. This can most likely be attributed to: less sulfur deposition from the atmosphere and use of fertilizers containing little to no sulfur. Sulfur is necessary for plants as it enables them to produce and form the correct amount of proteins, amino acids, chlorophyll, and helps activate nitrogen within the plant. Sometimes, when a soil is deficient in sulfur, it can be mistaken for a nitrogen deficiency. A plant that has a pale yellowish color in the first/uppermost levels has a sulfur deficiency, whereas a nitrogen deficiency will be seen in the older/lower levels of the plant. Sulfur also benefits the soil. It can improve the structure of compacted clay soils, which in turn improves water and oxygen penetration. It can also help repair soil damage from pets, de-icing, run-off water, and other irrigation/precipitation sources.

Magnesium

As the effects of magnesium are seen in both the plant and animal worlds, it’s importance is becoming more and more apparent. Magnesium is the only other soil nutrient, besides nitrogen, that is found in the chlorophyll of plants; which makes it vital in the metabolism and enzyme systems of the plant. Magnesium is mostly transferred from old tissue to new tissue as the plant grows. You can see this growth by looking at the white veins or stripping of plants as they grow. If plants are deficient in magnesium, they may contain a purplish coloration between the veins. Magnesium also improves the microbial action to help breakdown pesticides and organic matter. Dolomitic lime is one of the best ways to get both magnesium and calcium into the soil. It increases the efficiency of the macronutrients that plants require and can help increase the pH level in low increments.

Frequently Asked Questions

High Calcium Pelletized Lime is a form of Calcium Carbonate. With a pH of approximately 8.2, it assists with correcting soils that have a low pH level. Our pelletized lime consists of nearly 30% calcium and less than 1% magnesium. Making it the perfect and quickest way to get calcium into the soil. Pelletized Gypsum on the other hand is a Calcium Sulfate. At the minimum, it contains 20% calcium and 16% sulfur giving it a neutral pH of 7.0. Gypsum is good for soils that are “tight” and don’t allow oxygen or water to penetrate the soil. It also alleviates high salt content. When soils are deficient in both calcium and sulfur, pelletized gypsum is the best corrective source for both.
High Calcium Pelletized Lime is a form of Calcium Carbonate. With a pH of approximately 8.2, it assists with correcting soils that have a low pH level. Our pelletized lime consists of nearly 30% calcium and less than 1% magnesium. Making it the perfect and quickest way to get calcium into the soil. Pelletized Gypsum on the other hand is a Calcium Sulfate. At the minimum, it contains 20% calcium and 16% sulfur giving it a neutral pH of 7.0. Gypsum is good for soils that are “tight” and don’t allow oxygen or water to penetrate the soil. It also alleviates high salt content. When soils are deficient in both calcium and sulfur, pelletized gypsum is the best corrective source for both.
Dolomitic Lime is similar to High Calcium Lime in the terms of pH, however, it contains much less calcium (minimum of 16%) but much more magnesium (minimum of 10%). Dolomitic Lime is a Calcium Magnesium Carbonate which is a solution for soils that are in need of both calcium and magnesium.
Ag Lime and Gypsum is a fine powder, almost like flour, that comes straight out of the quarry. Being so fine, it can make it hard to spread in an even distribution. This can result in some places receiving more nutrients then others, or the wind carrying the product away before it can reach the soil. By pelletizing our products, it creates a more even distribution when spreading. The pelletizing process also ensures that each and every pellet has the same amount of micronutrients as the pellet next to it; so you know that you are getting a high concentration of nutrients throughout the whole area.
Of course! We have designed our products so that they can be blended and spread effectively with other products if desired.
Not at all. With any type of moisture, our granules will begin to break down immediately into the soil. This allows it to start moving through the top 4 inches of the soil. (This is the soil area that is the lowest in micronutrients.) If you are planning on doing some tillage, do it beforehand and keep it light. This will allow the product to stay in the 4-6 inch zone.
You don’t have to, but there’s no harm in it. If there’s any type of moisture in the ground, the product will begin to breakdown without additional water. Adding water will simply speed up the breakdown process.
You don’t have to, but there’s no harm in it. If there’s any type of moisture in the ground, the product will begin to breakdown without additional water. Adding water will simply speed up the breakdown process.
In short, no. Because our products are mineral fertilizers instead of chemical ones, they will not “burn” your grass if too much is applied. If more is applied then needed, it will only allow calcium and other micronutrients to build within the soil and be used for future use. However, damage could be done if the product is poured into one spot and left for an extended period of time.
This answer depends on your spreader and the product that you are trying to spread. Ground Force consists of 3 different grade sizes in each of our pelletized Lime, Gypsum, and Dolomitic Lime products. Depending on what grade size you have, will determine the setting to set your spreader at. Please check out our Spreader Section for more information.
Not at all! The SGN (Size Guide Number) for each Ground Force product can be found on the corresponding product tab. The effectiveness of each product is not dependent on the size of granule. Even though the grade size changes, the effectiveness does not because all sizes of our products have the same analysis. No matter what granular size you get, you will still be getting the best quality!
Ground Force refers to our bagged product line. Agriculture refers to our bulk product line. Both lines offer the same quality, product choices, and grade sizes.

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