The Importance Of pH Levels In Soil

The pH levels in soil are a crucial part of healthy growth and development for plants, shrubs, trees, and grass. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of the significant impacts pH levels in their soil can take on their yard and landscaping. At Mansell Landscape Management, we have a horticultural background and years of landscaping knowledge to help keep your soil healthy and its pH levels in the proper range for a productive and thriving yard.

The Difference in pH Levels In Your SoilThe pH scale | Mansell Landscape Management

pH levels run on a scale from 0 to 14. The middle of the scale, 7, indicates a neutral pH level. Anything below 7 is considered acidic and anything above 7 is considered alkaline. pH levels influence the many different essential nutrients that plants, trees, and grass need to have healthy growth and longevity.

Plants and pH Levels

Most plants thrive when pH levels in the soil range from 6 to 8 on the scale. Although, there are some exceptions to be noted.

High Acidic Thriving Plants:

  • Azaleas
  • Hydrangeas
  • Rhododendrons
  • Camellias
  • Gardenias

High Alkaline Thriving Plants:

  • Maple
  • Douglas Fir
  • Boston Ivy
  • Geraniums
  • Clematis

How to raise the acidity in your soil

Many products can be used to lower the alkaline and raise the acidity in your property’s soil. Some common treatments include sphagnum peat, elemental sulfur, aluminum sulfate, iron sulfate, acidifying nitrogen, and organic mulches.

How to lower the acidity in your soil

Conversely, spreading lime on your soil will help lower the acidity and bring the level to a more neutral number. Agricultural lime can be found at any home improvement or hardware store and online.

Landscape Maintenance and Lawn Care in Atlanta, GA

Mansell Landscape Management will measure your soil’s level and implement the proper treatment to best optimize the growing conditions of your plants, trees, and grass. We provide lawn care services to metro-Atlanta, which includes the cities of North Atlanta, Acworth, Alpharetta, Cumming, Canton, Marietta, Milton, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Woodstock, and beyond. Our landscape is both an art and a science. Contact us online or call today at (770) 517-0555.