Using Lime for Food Plots

Limestone helps farmers improve the quality of their crops and private homeowners maintain beautiful lawns and gardens. But limestone treatments can be used for a number of other uses too, such as improving your deer food plot. Whether you’re thinking about creating a food plot or you’re dissatisfied with your current plot, limestone is the answer.

Use Lime to Improve Your Deer Food Plot

As you grow plants in your soil, the acidity steadily rises. Higher acidity in the soil creates negative effects on your plants. By treating your soil with lime, you help balance the pH levels and are able to grow higher-quality plants. Liming your plots will help your crops better absorb the necessary minerals, like calcium and magnesium. It can also remove some harmful toxins from the soil.

Your soil’s composition depends on your geographic location. You may live in an area where the foods that deer love grow more naturally. If you don’t, you may have had to pick crops that deer like, but don’t love. Using limestone in your food plots can help you grow the foods that deer love, like alfalfa, ladino clover and oats. With a reliable source of food they love, deer are sure to begin routinely coming to your plot to feed.

With healthier soil, you will have better crops. Using limestone on your food plots will let you grow larger and more robust plants. The deer can probably tell a difference. If they’re getting a tastier meal at your plot than at other spots, they’ll keep coming back.

When the deer start eating better, they will become healthier animals, too. This will help the deer to grow healthier, bucks to grow larger antlers, and general increased health of the deer population in the area.

Food Plot Tips

Whether you’re starting to plan a new food plot or have been tending one for years, it’s important to keep in mind the best practices of keeping a deer food plot. Here are some recommendations for maintaining a great food plot:

  • Soil tests: Knowing the exact pH level will help you determine how much lime you should be applying to your plot. These tests can also give you other relevant data about your soil’s health. You can get a soil test at a hardware store or have a professional complete one for you. A pH level between 5.8 and 7.0 is the ideal range for deer food plots.
  • Plan ahead: Lime takes time to activate and fully work. You don’t just apply it to the soil and then it’s fixed overnight. Lime can take around four months to balance the pH level in your soil. Apply the lime at least four months before planting a new crop.
  • Regular testing and application: Liming isn’t a one-and-done thing. You should regularly monitor the pH level of your soil and reapply lime when it becomes too acidic. Applications are typically done every two to three years, depending on your soil’s composition.


Baker Lime’s high-quality lime products are perfect for your deer food plot or any other jobs you have in mind. Improving your soil’s health will improve your crops and attract more deer. Contact us today for more information or to request a quote!

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