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Organic ways to increase and decrease soil's pH

 
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 12:20 pm    Post subject: Organic ways to increase and decrease soil's pH Reply with quote

1. How to acidify the soil? ( How to lower the pH?)

a) Mixing soil with acidic peat
This is the easiest way to acidify the soil. Acidic peat can be bought in garden stores. However, we must take care not to buy de-acidified peat or peat substrate from de-acidified peat by mistake.- then our work will be wasted. Let us assume that we have already bought acidic peat - and what next? We mix it with soil in the garden at a ratio of 1:1 to 30-40 cm deep in those places where we want to plant acid-loving plants. It is worth to add some more sawdust and gravel to the soil. Sawdust will additionally lower the pH, and gravel will improve permeability. When we finish mixing the soil with peat and plant the plants, let's spread the pine bark on top. It will allow to keep the acid reaction, which we have obtained by using peat and will limit the growth of weeds.

b) Fertilizers to acidify the soil
The second way to lower the pH of the soil is to use acidifying fertilizers. Additionally, they will enrich the substrate with nutrients needed by the plant.

-Acidifying fertilizer mixes in total

In the garden stores you will find many ready-made fertilizers for acidophilic plants. These are mixtures prepared with specific plant species in mind. So they will be fertilizers for example for blueberry, cranberry, heather, etc. They have their advantages and disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is the price - they are relatively expensive. However, if we have a small area of growing acid-loving plants, it is worth investing in such fertilizer.

-Ammonium sulphate

This fertilizer strongly and quickly acidifies the soil. It is a very good source of nitrogen, which is necessary for proper plant growth. It also contains easily assimilable sulphur. It occurs most often in the form of white or gray granules. Ammonium sulfate is best used 2-3 times a season in small doses.

-Potassium sulfate

It is a crystalline form fertilizer that enriches the soil with sulphur and potassium. It decomposes quickly and contains very little chlorine. It has a very good effect on the plant shrubbery and fruiting.

2. How to acidify the soil? (How to increase pH?)

a) Dolomite
This is the best way to de-acidify the soil in your garden. Dolomite is a calcium-magnesium fertilizer that not only increases the pH of the soil, but also enriches it with magnesium and calcium. It is fully natural - it comes from grinding rocks. Moreover, plants assimilate it very easily. Dolomite also improves the soil structure and creates favourable conditions for the development of useful soil microorganisms.

b) Wood Ash
A natural fertilizer that de-acidifies the soil very well. To slightly seal the ground, use 50 g per square meter. On very acidic soils, 100 g. Wood ash not only de-acidifies the soil, but also enriches it with potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and many microelements. It also improves the soil structure.
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