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Mike Asked

How can I lower the pH around my blueberry bushes? I just planted them last fall. Thanks.

The Gardener’s Answer

Hi, Mike: Blueberries are such a treat to have in the home garden. Not only do they provide us with delicious and nutritious fruit, but they are attractive shrubs with stunning fall color. Blueberries require full sun and soil that is rich in nutrients and drains well. Blueberries thrive in acidic soil that will likely require amendments in any Kentucky garden. The ideal soil pH is between 4.5-5.2. Aluminum sulfate can be incorporated to lower the pH. The first step is to have your soil tested to know the current pH. This can be done through your County Cooperative Extension Service. The results will provide current soil conditions and recommendations for obtaining the desired pH. Let the extension agent know what the test is for so they can also test for calcium levels. Visit the following link for the Washington County Extension Offices. I hope this is helpful.

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