Do we need to lower our 8.0 pH before installing our landscape?
The pH in our landscape is quite high-nearly 8.0. Do we need to lower the pH before installing our landscape?
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You could work at lowering the pH by applying elemental sulfur or iron sulfate to the soil. Alternatively, you could grow plants adapted to the alkaline conditions in your yard, and save yourself some work. The following plants grow well in alkaline soil conditions.

 

Common Name

Botanical Name

Zones

American hornbeam
American sycamore
American yellowwood
Black locust
Bottlebrush buckeye
Chinese jujube
Chinese juniper
Cornelian cherry
Deutzia
Forsythia
Fragrant sumac
Golden rain tree
Hackberry
Lemon bottlebrush
Pawpaw
Persian lilac
Queen-of-the-prairie
Russian olive
Sassafras
Scarlet firethorn
Siberian peashrub
Southern catalpa
Speckled alder
Sugarberry
Wintergreen barberry

Carpinus caroliniana
Platanus occidentalis
Cladrastis kentuckea
Robinia pseudoacacia
Aesculus parviflora
Ziziphus jujuba
Juniperus chinensis
Cornus mas
Deutzia spp.
Forsythia x intermedia
Rhus aromatica
Koelreuteria paniculata
Celtis occidentalis
Callistemon citrinus
Asimina triloba
Syringa persica
Filipendula rubra
Elaeagnus angustifolia
Sassafras albidum
Pyracantha coccinea
Caragana arborescens
Catalpa bignonioides
Alnus rugosa
Celtis laevigata
Berberis julianae

3-9
4-9
4-8
4-8(9)
4-8
6-9
4-9
5-8
(4)5-8
(4)5-8(9)
3-9
5-9
3-9
(8)9-11
5-8
3-7
3-9
2-7
(4)5-9
6-9
2-7
5-9
3-6
5-9
5-8

Answered by BHGgardenEditors