Definition – What is the meaning of Alkaline Soil?
Alkaline soil is any soil that ranks above 7, referencing the pH scale, the it is a unit of measure for acidic against alkaline soil. The pH scale is the number system that ranges from 0 – 14 utilized to test the alkalinity or acid in soil with a measurement of 7 being the normal.
Soils that have a high pH lean to contain greater levels of calcium, magnesium and sodium. The amount of nutrients sometimes can be scarce and plants can become dwarfed in alkaline soils because they’re not as solvent as acidic soils.
Alkaline soil is sometimes referred to as sweet soil.
Alkaline Soil explained by Bud Bionics
Acknowledging that the pH balance of the soil is significant. Repeated testing of the topsoil and subsoil using a pH testing kit that can be bought from any hardware or nursery will give a proficient measurement of the alkalinity in your soil.
Alkaline soil can happen by nature in places with minimal rainfall. Example: Sandy soil found in deserts is alkaline. Compressed forests, marshes and soil abundant in certain minerals are high alkaline soils. Hard water that includes lime can elevate the pH of soil to alkaline levels.
Sometimes lime or peat moss is recommended to the soil to generate more alkalinity in the soil.« Back to Glossary Index