How to Increase Soil Acidity

Falling in love with blue berries? Or missing the shade and aroma of Pines? Want to eat your own garden’s carrots? Or crunchy peanuts for winter evening meals are required? Or your garden lacks the grace of roses???

Yes, all you need is acidic soil for your most beloved and wanted plants to grow in your garden. If you live in a rainy hill station or at some humid area you are lucky to have naturally acidic soil but if you are the resident of comparatively drier atmosphere, then what you have to do is initially check the PH level of your garden soil and then take measures according to the PH level of your soil.


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    Excessive watering:

    Moist soil usually tends to be acidic. This is the reason that the soil of rainy areas is mostly acidic and all acid loving plants grow in moist soil. So an easy and natural way to increase the acidity of soil is to water it frequently. However this method is usually slow and needs patience.

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    Vinegar/ lemon juice:

    Another way to increase acidity which is not only quick but also uses readily available natural ingredients. For using vinegar or lemon to increase acidity, mix two spoon of lemon juice/vinegar in a gallon of water and then water your plants with the mixture. You can repeat this procedure until you get the favorable acidity level of the soil for your selected plant.

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    Sphagnum peat:

    Using organic material for increasing soil acidity is widely accepted environment friendly practice among the gardeners. Sphagnum peat is a moss found on moist areas and it can also be used for the purpose. Simply add one or two inch of the moss on the top soil around your plants or while planting them.

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    Ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulphate or sulphur coated urea are commonly used to increase the acidity of soil. However, proper precautions should be made and use them as per given instructions else excessive amounts can burn the plants as well.

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    Granular sulphur is safe and cost effective of small gardeners, but its amount should not exceed two pound at the area of 100 squares.

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