soils ph

Asked April 16, 2015, 1:15 PM EDT

With a soil ph of 7.6, do we need to be concerned about making it more acidic? What is the best ph for grass?

Wayne County Michigan lawns and turf soil and fertility issues

1 Response

7.6 pH is high for lawns. The neutral point or balance for soil pH would be 7. As the number of the soil pH increases this indicates an increase in soil alkalinity. As the soil pH number decreases this indicates an increase in soil acidity. The ideal pH for most grass types is 6.5 to 7.0, so yours is a bit high. There may be grasses that tolerate an alkaline soil, so you would have to research this. I’m not familiar with any.

It is always best to get your soil tested to be sure what you need. The soil test will tell you what your pH should be for lawns and how to obtain it.

This site will tell you how to get a soil test:

http://msusoiltest.com/get-your-soil-test/

These other sites are full of good information:

http://migarden.msu.edu/lawns_grass

http://www.lawnfertilizers.com/info/lime-sulphur.html

Hope this was helpful. Feel free to contact us again if you have further questions.