Soil pH: The Simple Guide For Gardeners


| 4/16/2018 9:30:00 AM


Tags: garden soil, plant health, raised bed gardening, Bryan Traficante, Wiley Geren III,

pH Scale 

GIM ph Scale Simple 

Discussing soil pH can get technical rather quickly, which is why many gardeners – or anyone with a yard and landscaping, for that matter – often avoid the subject matter and hope it works out. You fertilize, water, weed, and the plants get plenty of sun… so that should be enough, right? Unfortunately, improper soil pH can ensure your yard or garden will be barren and stay that way. Along with horticultural fertility, the pH also affects your soil’s microbiology. Improper balance drives away beneficial organisms who live in a symbiotic relationship with the plant and soil; each benefiting the others’ health.

Don’t ignore your soil’s pH balance because it sounds complicated - in the details below we make understanding it simple. The following are the bare necessities that can help you:

Understand what pH is

Why pH balance is important




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