Why Does Soil Become Acidic?

Soils can be very different, but from sandy soil, all the way to clay soil, different types of soil have one thing in common: they become more acidic over time, therefore lowering soil pH.

Soil Acidity

Over time, soil pH is naturally lowered for a variety of reasons. Rainfall naturally leaches Calcium out of the soil, lowering the pH, and increasing the soil acidity. This is especially true with acid rain, particularly in the Midwest and Northeastern United States, because the acid rain adds Hydrogen to the soil, lowering soil pH, and increasing soil acidity.

Soil acidity is also increased from fertilizer applications. Though it might sound strange, the main ingredients in fertilizer are acidic by nature, and can aid in lowering soil pH.

Even without rain or fertilizer applications, soil acidity naturally increases over time due to the decomposition of organic matter. Because soil is a living environment, it is constantly breaking down organic matter, naturally adding acid to the soil. So, whether you’€™ve got the most beautiful lawn on the block, or you’ve let your front yard become a field, unless you live in the desert, your soil is becoming more acidic all the time.

Correcting Acidic Soil

Acidic soil needs to be corrected in order to for healthy, flourishing plants to grow. Soil acidity can be corrected by liming, or in other words, adding lime to your lawn or plants.

Fast Acting Lime is among the soil amendments we make at Encap. Our Fast Acting Lime raises soil pH by acting as a strong neutralizer. Enhanced with AST, Encap’€™s Lime for your lawn or plants, breaks down quickly, and holds nutrients in the root zone of the soil, where plants need them most. And because it is high quality pelletized lime, it’s easy to use, with little dust.

Visit your local garden center and ask for Encap’€™s Fast Acting Lime, contact us today to find a distributor in your area.

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