Lime is important in the garden to create balance in both lawns and plants. Most vegetables and garden plants thrive best at a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. This is because nutrients are best absorbed at this level. However, some plants (acid-loving plants) thrive better at a lower pH. Other plants are lime-loving and thrive best at a pH above 6.5. A mossy lawn is a sure sign that the soil needs lime.
Coarse or granulated dolomite are ideal liming agents for gardening. Lime that contains dolomite has plenty of magnesium, which is an important nutrient for garden plants. Gardening lime comes in packaging that make it easy to spread the lime by hand.