Do I have an acid, alkaline or neutral soil?
Different soils will have different levels of acidity or pH. In general, a soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7 is considered ‘neutral’.
A pH of below 6.5 is acidic and above 7 is alkaline.
This will affect what type of plants you can grow in the soil, for example, Rhododendrons, Azaleas and Camellias need an acidic soil and most will only grow in soils with a pH of less than 5.5. Most varieties of Japanese Maples and Magnolia will only grow in a soil with a pH of less than 6.5 to 7. Many plants will grow happily in soils with a pH as low as 5 or as high as 8.
You can test your soil with a pH testing kit available from £2.99.