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Question: How can I tell if my soil is acid or alkaline and can it be different throughout our 2 1/2 acres?

Answer: You can have your soil tested through the cooperative extension there in Colorado and yes, it can be different in different parts of your landscape. Generally though, soils in your area tend to be alkaline and unless you want to grow acid loving plants such as rhododendrons and azaleas, your soil will support most anything you plant. You can lower the soil's pH a bit by simply incorporating some organic matter into the planting bed or into the soil prior to planting turfgrass. Hope this clarifies things for you!

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