The Q&A Archives: Acidifing Mountain Soil

Question: We live in a forested area in CO, 7700 ft. elevation. We use Miracle-gro evergreen spikes on our small trees, but would like to plant more this spring. Should we be using a soil acidifier when we plant?

Answer: First of all, I suggest you have your soil tested for pH. Your Cooperative Extension Service (ph# 970-498-6000)can provide test kits. Then, once you know the pH, you can choose trees that will thrive in your soils. It is possible to acidify soil by adding acidic materials like pine needles or sulfur, but I think you'd be better off planting trees adapted to your soils.

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