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Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:53 am
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Im looking to turn my lawn more acidic in order to accomodate my apple trees to their full nutritional potential and also create a raised bed of more acidic soil for some blueberries. Various ph tests from around my garden show some parts as alkaline and others as borderline neutral with the barest of acidity.
I have read that apple trees prefer soil to be somewhat acidic, no less than ph 5.5, and that blueberries prefer between ph 4.5 and 5.5.

I have purchased some sulphate of iron and am looking for some advice.

How often with how much per square yard/meter should i apply? Could this particular sulphate have some adverse affects on my lawn, blueberry or apple tree roots? I have also heard that it helps prevent certain fungus', diseases and weeds, which seems beneficial to my growing fruit garden.

Im from the North West of England in the UK.(Just incase it matters :) )
Thanks!


Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:20 am
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I have heard that it is not so much the high pH that blueberries dislike as much as it is calcium that they dislike (usually high pH goes hand in hand with high calcium. Acidic soils are generally low in calcium). The recommendation was to feed them adequate magnesium sulfate, I think, which is epsom salts on this side of the atlantic ocean. Of course they would need nitrogen and potassium too, but it is the calcium they hate. Weird huh?

Good info at .

Do a test on at least one plant this way.

Maybe somebody can correct me if that is wrong info.


Sun Nov 16, 2008 4:45 pm
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Thanks for the link! Ive got lots of information from that site! :)

Hmm, so it appears that it may take a year or so for the sulfur to take effect, has anyone used this specific sulfur before and able to gave me any more specific info?
The peat moss looks a bit more of an attractive and easier way to me now lol
Thanks


Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:29 am
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