Longcliffe provides a complete liming solution for farmers as well as a wide range of limestone products for agricultural and horticultural industries.
Agricultural Lime is one of the important farming materials used to help maximise crop yields and minimise the use of other, more costly fertilisers. Liming is well understood to hold the key to improving crop growth and yields by limiting the adverse affects of high soil acidity (low pH values). Substantial research has been done on the optimal pH range for various crops.
Both calcium and magnesium limes are available from Longcliffe. Deliveries are made all over the UK, in all weathers, 365 days a year by Longcliffe's own vehicle fleet plus hired local contractors.
Regular pH testing forms the basis of successful agricultural lime application. Longcliffe offers this service as part of a complete customer support package, along with field mapping and spreading services by tractor or Unimog. We also have our own purpose-built flotation spreader designed to give flyweight performance with up to a 6-tonne load so we can even lime seedbeds and growing crops.
Ground calcium and magnesium limes are also used by horticultural industries to neutralise acid soils and as a component of composts and soil dressings. It is also sold by garden centres and other DIY outlets under various names such as ‘carbonate of lime’ or ‘garden lime’.
Lime is an important source of calcium for plants and ensures strong growth and fruit and leaf quality. Garden lime is ideal for use on vegetable patches, flower borders, around trees, shrubs, hedges and roses. The product can also be used on lawns to improve grass growth and colour.
Calcium carbonate is also used in mushroom growing in the top-dressing applied to the spawn-run compost on which the mushrooms eventually form.
Longcliffe also supplies limestone for the manufacture of granular and compound fertilisers. These are often tailored to particular farm production systems and regional soil deficiencies. Limestone is also used as a carrier in certain agrochemical and pesticide formulations.
Besides agricultural liming materials and services, Longcliffe offers farmers a range of limestone products designed to improve farm efficiency, including:
Longcliffe limestone is ideal for drives and cattle ways. These often become rutted, preventing efficient use in wet weather. Longcliffe roadstone provides a reliable all-weather surface at an economical price. We can also supply clean stone for drainage, concreting, aggregates and quarry chatter which is a useful base for new buildings.
We have a long-established relationship with the farming community, dating back more than 50 years. This experience in meeting the needs of the farmer, combined with our technical expertise and strict quality control, ensures complete reliability from our wide range of products and services.