Nitrogen and pH level in soil - Knowledgebase Question

Eden Prairie, Mi
Question by wfair78
May 20, 2010
How do you determine the Nitrogen and pH levels of your soil to understand what things will grow well in certain areas?


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Answer from NGA
May 20, 2010

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Soil pH is a measure of soil acidity. Soil pH affects a plant's ability to take up available nutrients. Modifying the pH of soil allows nutrients to be taken up by the plant. The ideal pH for most plants is between 6.0 and 6.8. Most soils in the Twin Cities area are alkaline (basic). Acidic soils are found in Northern Minnesota and in coastal areas that have high evergreen tree populations. The University of Minnesota has a soil testing laboratory that will test the pH of your soil. The advantage of using this service is the University of Minnesota will recommend the right materials and amounts for your situation and the plants you want to grow. Here's the website where you can download the soil testing application: http://soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/

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