Answer: Soil pH can be lowered on a temporary and localized basis. In other words, it isn't a one-time fix. A high alkaline soil is a bit unusual for your part of the country, unlike the Southwest, which has native alkalinity. You may want to have a soil test done by a company. Sometimes the simple tests that come in kits aren't highly accurate. To lower pH, you can incorporate soil sulfur. Follow package instructions for the amount to spread. Peat moss also helps lower pH, but it is usually quite expensive in large amounts. Cover crops are excellent for adding organic matter to the soil, which will improve fertility and drainage and ultimately the health of your plants. They don't really alter the pH, but it's still a good thing to do, so your effort is not wasted.
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