Why Soil Acidity Levels are Important to Your Urban Garden



You’ve grown your urban garden only to watch it die. You meant to dig a little deeper into how to do it but finally decided you would wing it. Now, you don’t have anything tasty to show for it. What went wrong? One simple change can make a lot of difference.

Gardening in rural locations is often easier because the soils being used have had far less interference from human activity. Air, water and ground pollution from industrialized processes can all change the acidity level of soil. When soil is affected in this way, your plants, flowers, shrubs and vegetables may react badly and experience stunted growth or simply die.

If you're scratching your head at the sad sight of your beloved plants and flowers, the first thing to do is a quick test of the soil's acidity levels with a simple pH meter. Acidity levels are often to blame for poor quality plant life in urban gardens.  

There are a number of different measures to take when soil rebalancing is required. The vast majority of plant life prefers soil with a neutral pH reading; however, there are some plants and crops that prefer something more extreme. If you're planning to grow plants or crops in urban settings, it is essential that you measure the pH level is beforehand. Where problems occur, there are a number of procedures that can be undertaken to rectify them.

To accurately read the pH level of soil, a pH meter is required. Once the level is known, necessary changes can be made for the successful growth of a particular plant. However, it should be noted that changing the pH level in soil can be a long procedure, requiring several treatments.

If your soil is too acidic, lime can be added to increase the pH level. However, this should be done before any planting takes place. Sudden lifts in pH levels can be detrimental to plant life and may result in killing it, which you’ve already done before. Where soil is too alkaline, the pH level can be brought down with the use of sulfur. This can also be bought in most gardening stores and should be applied gradually, particularly if there are already plants growing in the soil. The best course of action is to always use a pH meter in soil before any planting takes place. That way, you’re planning from the start based on which fruits and vegetables you want to grow.

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