How to Grow Grass in Low pH Soil

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Growing grass in low pH soil requires simply adding a thin layer of compost or potting soil over the ground and reseeding with grass seeds every spring and fall. Grow grass in acidic soil with plant tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to grow grass in low pH soil. Now, what is pH, and what do people mean when they talk about pH? It's kind of confusing. There's some simple information to make it understandable. So, soil pH is a measurement of hydrogen ion concentration. So, if you live in a area that has high rainfall usually you have high acidity. If you live in a area with low rainfall it really has low acidity, and it's considered alkaline soil. So, if your pH is low you have acidic soil, and there's a lot of ways that you can address the issue. And a lot of people will tell you just to add lime, it's l-i-m-e. It's a mineral that you can buy at any garden center. And the lime will raise the level of the pH and the grass will grow better. But in the end what I have found is adding lime is like eating or drinking Slim-Fast. It really isn't giving you a balanced blend of nutrition, and it's not really addressing the issue. So, just by adding a small layer of compost, and adding grass seed to your soil every spring and fall, or into your gardens; just adding a little bit of compost every spring and fall you will add some real nutrition to the soil and it will fix the pH problem immediately, and your grass and your flowers will grow so much better than if you just gave em' lime or gave em' some kind of a quick fix, because we want steak, eggs, vegetables, and fruit in our diet just like our plants want good organic compost in their diet. Everything else is just a fad and never addresses the issue, and isn't giving them the nu nutrition that they need. So, if you have grass and it's not doing well, because you've tested the pH and it's really low, just add some compost. I think it's better than lime, and it seems to last for a lot longer.