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How to increase your landscape soil’s pH level

by on April 15, 2014

Maintaining your soil’s pH level is important to making sure your landscape thrives. Most professional landscape companies perform pH tests every three years, but if you’re interested in staying on top of your soil’s acidity level or if you have noticed the plants on your landscape aren’t growing as well as you think they should be, you may want to perform the tests yourself. If you have found the pH level is too low (too acidic), you will need to increase the pH level in order to give your landscape plants a better environment in which to grow.

The most common method of increasing landscaping soil’s pH level is through lime applications. Many landscaping companies offer yearly lime applications to maintain or correct your soil’s acidity. However, if you want to do some in-between or do-it-yourself lime treatments, visit your local landscaping or garden store. Although adding lime to your soil might save you some money in the short-term, it can end up costing you more if not done correctly. Lime cannot just be carelessly mixed in with the soil; it has to be measured precisely so that the application ratio is correct. Professional landscapers will know more about how to calculate the lime-to-soil ratio. However, if you’re set on doing it yourself, landscaping experts recommend you start by adding a small amount of lime and adding more as needed over time. The best time for lime applications are in the early spring and fall.

Keep in mind that different types of lime will have varying rates of effectiveness. If you’re looking for faster results, ask a landscaping specialist which type of lime should be used. Whatever type you use, make certain it is finely ground for optimal soil absorption. Once you have decided upon a type of lime to use on your landscape, spread over the top layer of the soil with a rake. To ensure you have applied the proper amount, perform pH analyses from time to time.

For the best results, consult your local landscaping company for their expert opinion on lime applications.

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