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2/17/16 – Lime, it’s not just a fruit!

by Meaghan English, TrueSouth Properties Wildlife Specialist

While landowners are digging soil samples and sending them off to extension offices, I wanted to talk a little more in depth about lime since that is the next step in the spring planting process. I also wanted to lift a weight off of a few chests; you do not have to plant every single food plot on your property in the spring time. But it would be greatly beneficial to plant a few here and there. Spring nutrition is very important to deer and turkey, but in order to provide adequate nutrition, you must adequately prepare your food plots. It is very important to lime your fields!! But it is also important to not spread too much or too little lime. If you do not put out any lime, the consequences are costly. For example, the soil will still be acidic and less fertile. Acidic soil will not release nutrients or fertilizer, therefor making it impossible for plants to use the nutrients in the soil and costing the landowner loads of money.

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By applying lime, you are raising the pH to a level that allows the soil to release nutrients and/or fertilizer. The higher pH will allow the plants to utilize all of the nutrients in the soil, and allow wildlife to get the utmost nutrition from the food plot crop. If you are unsure of where to purchase lime, I have an answer for you! The guys at DBW Outdoors have a great supply of fertilizers, seed mixtures, and lime. Their lime is not regular Ag lime; it is very fine screened and does not contain any marble filler. Because of the fine product, it only takes half the volume compared to other Ag lime to raise the pH in the soil. The small particle size also ensures quick activation. The lime will begin to raise the pH within 45 days of application, ¼ of the time it takes regular Ag lime.  The guys at DBW outdoors (and their sister company Black Belt Wildlife) will come spread their product for you or allow you to rent equipment. They are professionals in the planting world and will adequately supply you with all the tools you need for a successful food plot this spring!

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Spring planting is so very important to wildlife and it is so easy to ensure successful food plots, but the clock is ticking. Spring is well on its way and it is time to start applying lime to food plots. If you have any questions about spring planting please contact me or the guys at DBW Outdoors (www.dbwoutdoors.com). They are nutrition and planting geniuses and, like myself, are here to lend a helping hand to all landowners! Please do not hesitate to ask any and all questions you may have.

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By: Meaghan English

My name is Meaghan English, a wildlife specialist with TrueSouth. I graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management and I have grown up with a passion for hunting. I knew from an early age that I was not only interested in the harvesting of wildlife, but I was also very interested in their biology and management. I decided that I not only wanted to be a wildlife enthusiast, I want to be an educated wildlife specialist. I will be using that grand education as a member of the TrueSouth team contributing wildlife blog articles!

My first hunting memory flashes back to when I was six or seven years old. Like any other Saturday during deer season, my dad had told my mom to get me ready because we were going hunting. Of course I was ecstatic! I was not ecstatic about the hair bow my mom made me wear with my camouflage (she wanted everyone to know I was in fact a fashionable girl). The entire way to Perdue Hill, Alabama, my dad told me that today would be the first day I would actually shoot my first deer and I knew I was ready. We pulled up to the camp, unloaded, and fed all the “camp cats”. Before we headed to our stand, I had spotted three kittens that I simply could not leave behind so I stuffed them in my jacket. After walking what seemed like five miles, we finally made it to the “Pressbox stand” (with my smuggled kittens) and sat down. Dad continuously pestered me to be quiet, but I wasn’t that worried about shooting a deer, I had kittens! Eventually, the sun began to sink behind the trees and a spike (without olfactory senses) entered the field. When it was safe to quietly move, dad handed me the gun and I handed him my three kittens. I slowly pulled the gun up and placed my cheek against the stock. Dad told me to breathe slowly and pull the trigger when I was ready. Sure enough, I pulled the trigger and the spike hit the ground. We high-fived, exchanged kittens again, and climbed down to see the kill. It certainly was not a wall hanger, but a huge chapter in my life was started that night. My dad and I still hunt together to this day and we practice quality deer management at all times.

My ultimate goal is to provide clients with a survey of flora and fauna that currently inhabit a specific tract of land and, if desired, how to properly manage that land for the species that are found there. All feedback is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with you!

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