Cypress Trees
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Growing cypress trees

Zone 92243 zone 11-13? | Bob Harding added on November 16, 2018 | Answered

How to correct too much alkaline or too much acidity in soil?

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drtreelove
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Answered on November 17, 2018

The best way to adjust soil pH is by soil test and amending with nutrients based on actual deficiencies found. Balancing of the major minerals and incorporating soil organic matter (compost) will automatically bring the pH into best balance.

It is common for gardeners to shortcut the best management practices by directly addressing high pH (alkalinity) with soil sulfur, and low pH (acidic conditions) with lime. But this is a very short-sighted practice and can throw other important factors out of balance.
In the Imperial Valley you undoubtedly have good lab and agronomist resources for soil testing and recommendations for Rx amendments.

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