Quick Test for Soil PH

Greenwood Nursery located in McMinnville,Tennessee recently sent out an email with a tip on a quick way to test your soil PH.  Of course, you should always send a sample for a complete test through the extension office, but in a pinch try the following: 

Alkaline:  sample of 2 cups of soil and add a couple drops of cider vinegar over the top.  If it fizzles, you have alkaline soil. 

Acid:  sample of 2 cups of soil that is wet.  After a rain is a good time to take your sample.  Add a pinch of baking soda over the top.  If it fizzles, you may have too much acid in your soil.  

To reduce the alkalinity of the soil add organic matter high in acid like aluminum sulfate or peat moss.  Make sure you read and follow the label instructions. 

To reduce the acidity level of the soil mix in the top 6 to 8 inches of soil about 4 to 8 pounds of dolomite lime per 100 square feet.  The amount depends on how dense the soil is. 

 

 

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