alkline soils

Asked March 30, 2019, 12:29 PM EDT

is there a treatment for alkaline soils in the grand valley

Mesa County Colorado

1 Response

If you are talking about alkaline in the sense of high pH, no, there is little we can do as was have lots of calcium carbonate that buffers the soil and there is already a lot of sulfur in the soil. http://cmg.colostate.edu/Gardennotes/222.pdf
Some people refer the the white salts we have here as alkali, thou correctly salts, however often the two go hand in hand. If you have high salts, you can amend with a coarse amendment and can periodically flush the soil to drive down the salts. Some people have been successful with breaking up the hard pan if there is one in the soil that is preventing the drainage of salts. See the handout: https://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/agriculture/managing-saline-soils-0-503/