Acidic soil is not good for plants the way a weight loss plateau is not good for your fitness program. Healthy soil is such a treasure at your backyards where you could not only vegetables you like but could also give you pennies. Below are some explanation to the two types of soil – alkaline and acidic – and how it can be remedied.
It is said to be acidic when the pH level is less than seven. A pH level of six is slightly acidic. Acidic soil is often found in regions that are frequently visited by rainfall. A soil may also be alkaline. It is alkaline when the pH level is between 7.3 and 8.5. This type of soil is rich in magnesium, sodium and other soluble salts. The soil’s pH level is determined by its mineral contents. Most of plants grow well on soil with pH level between 6 and 7. For a plant to be able to readily use the nutrients available, it must be grown in a soil with a proper pH.
For acidic soil, the pH level is below 6. Plants will not grow in this type of soil well so it must be corrected. Adding wood ashes or ground calcite limestone will help to raise the pH level. Adding 5 pound of ground limestone will raise the pH level by one point.
Alkaline soil is also not good for the plant since there are too much salt in the soil. The pH level must be brought down to a pH level between 6 and 7. Adding 1 pound of sulfur to the every 100 square feet of soil will lower the pH.
Adjusting the pH of the soil is not a one day process. There is no quick fix to modify the soil’s alkalinity or acidity. As Tony Horton said, “Improvement and change occur when you do things often.” If you want to modify the soil’s pH, you should combine treatments and do it consistently.
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