What it is: pH is simply a measure of how acid or alkaline a substance is. As it refers to soil, pH makes all the difference as to how easily plants can get the nourishment they need. When soil pH is too low, the turf chemicals won’t work at maximum capability. Fertilizer being applied to the turf may only work at 50% or less depending upon the severity of the pH levels.
Technically speaking, the acidity or alkalinity of the soil is measured by pH (Potential Hydrogen ions). It measures the amount of lime (calcium) contained in the soil. The pH scale most commonly used ranges from 0 to 14. The higher the number, the higher the alkaline. A rating of 7.0 is considered neutral. Lime is usually added to soils to increase soil pH. It also adds calcium and magnesium to the soil. Once soil pH levels have been regulated, lime application will only be necessary every 3 years or so.
Poor pH levels can cause bigger weed problems in the turf, reduce the turf’s ability to fight against disease, cause an increase in time needed to recover from stresses caused by drought and reduce overall turf quality. You’ll be spending more money and getting fewer positive results.
Soil tests can be taken at any time of the year. But should be conducted at once if you notice plants or turf in one section of your landscape not faring well.
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