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Old 11-25-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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It is my first time to clean up garden shed since I bought the house 3 years ago. I am trying to use some extra items and get rid of them. They are taking space.

1) Sand: What is it used for? It is from previous home owner. If I cannot find a way to use it, how to get rid of it?

2) Limestone: What is it used for? It is from previous home owner. If I cannot find a way to use it, how to get rid of it?

3) Bug B Gon: I know this item, but I don't remember if I ever bought it. It is more likely from previous home owner (which means this item is likely more than 3 years old), can it still be used? How many years can this kind of stuff last?

Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2017, 02:48 PM
 
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It is my first time to clean up garden shed since I bought the house 3 years ago. I am trying to use some extra items and get rid of them. They are taking space.

1) Sand: What is it used for? It is from previous home owner. If I cannot find a way to use it, how to get rid of it?

2) Limestone: What is it used for? It is from previous home owner. If I cannot find a way to use it, how to get rid of it?

3) Bug B Gon: I know this item, but I don't remember if I ever bought it. It is more likely from previous home owner (which means this item is likely more than 3 years old), can it still be used? How many years can this kind of stuff last?

Thanks.
Spread the sand out in the yard or fill low spots. Same for the lime, just spread it out when in doubt. Just spray the bug spray and at least use it up. No fuss no muss gus.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:10 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I use sand in my potting soil mix. I also sprinkle it on the sidewalks when they are icy to get traction.

Lime is used to change soil pH or to add calcium to the soil. I use it on my tomatoes to prevent blossom end rot... or rather in the soil for tomato not to dust on them.

The bug stuff I don't know anything about but directions will be on the bag.
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Old 11-25-2017, 05:35 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I use sand in my potting soil mix. I also sprinkle it on the sidewalks when they are icy to get traction.

Lime is used to change soil pH or to add calcium to the soil. I use it on my tomatoes to prevent blossom end rot... or rather in the soil for tomato not to dust on them.

The bug stuff I don't know anything about but directions will be on the bag.
Same here. Lime has to be spread in the fall whereas bone meal will do the same thing and you can spread it in the spring. Lime is cheaper. Maybe they used it on the lawn but in such a small bag, it more likely was for a single plant or small area. To make the soil less acidic, sweeter. Some plants require that.

You could throw the lime around a lilac bush if you have one.

Another use for the sand would be if the soil is too heavy. For instance, if you were planting a few carrots, you'd need sandy soil because a carrot is a root and it needs to penetrate the soil. To get rid of it, just throw it around or use it on the ice.
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Old 11-25-2017, 06:22 PM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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You don’t say where you live, op. My family in MA spreads lime on the lawn every year. Martha Stewart keeps a bucket of sand with oil in it and plunges her metal garden tools in it to keep them lubed and rust free. We don’t use that kind of bug killer on the lawn where I live, but obviously that’s what they use there. No clue what your first picture is.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:38 AM
 
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You donít say where you live, op. My family in MA spreads lime on the lawn every year. Martha Stewart keeps a bucket of sand with oil in it and plunges her metal garden tools in it to keep them lubed and rust free. We donít use that kind of bug killer on the lawn where I live, but obviously thatís what they use there. No clue what your first picture is.
It's showing his shed fred.
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Old 11-26-2017, 07:40 AM
 
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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that limestone is not enough to cause a ph change unless you dump it in a small area. It's safe to spread it around with a broadcaster along with the sand just to get rid of it.

if you care to check the PH, you can dig up some soil from various parts of your yard and take the mixed soil to the local agricultural extension office to get the ph tested.
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Old 11-26-2017, 11:13 AM
 
Location: northern New England
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Before you do anything with the bug killer (besides dispose of it safely in a hazardous waste collection) consider the birds in your area.
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Old 11-26-2017, 01:59 PM
 
Location: S.W. Florida
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Iíd say the previous owner was a gardener. The sand can be used to amend clay soil to allow it to drain better. It can also be mixed with potting soil to grow plants in. The limestone is used as a soil amendment as well.

The bug killer is probably still good to use.
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Old 11-30-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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it appears that the sand is an "all-purpose" sand so can be used for pretty much anything
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