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It happens every year around this time: The garden catalogs come and I start dreaming about putting in a few blueberry bushes. However, I know they demand acidic soil, and mine is not. Not a pine tree on the place. I do not know if yew and arborvitae needles are acidic.

Does anyone know how to prepare the soil for successful blueberries? If the soil is not naturally acidic, is it too much of a pain to keep amending it? I don't like the idea of having to test the soil constantly.
 

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I have read that adding coffee grounds to the soil and watering with cold coffee can raise the pH. I put both in my compost pile and it seems very happy. (although I think it raises the pH in my stomach when I drink it! ;) )

Also, I think Miracle Grow makes an acid food for plants.
 

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She wants to lower the PH, it is too high now. I can't help. Our soil has to have lime added nearly every year to keep to PH up. We never have to lower it.
 

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Any leaf mulch, Sawdust, and peat moss all will make soil more acid. Adjust in small amounts, by digging in well.
 

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Find a horse barn that uses saw dust.The horse urine raises the acid.The blueberry growers around here stockpile sawdust like crazy.
 

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Hobie, i have the same problem. I talked to one of the venders at the farmers market that has blueberries, she said to use the Miracle Grow for Azalea. I'm going to try it this year, Jack
 

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You can also add sulfur dust to the soil. That will make the soil more acidic. That is the route that I took on my blueberry and blackberry plants. A small bag at Lowes was around $10.00.
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Yes there are bags of stuff you can buy at garden/feed places that increases the acidity- for hydrangeas, evergreen bushes, etc.
I did that a couple months before planting blueberries (10 bushes) but after that I'm just putting a thick peat moss mulch on top every Spring- peat makes it more acidic and my baby blueberry bushes did very well last year- tripled their size and gave us some pints of lovely berries. This year we can't wait!
I tested the soil before any of this and it was about as opposite from what blueberries want as could be. I think the peat moss really helps, and it's a nice fluffy mulch that I suspect makes a gentle acidic 'tea' when it rains and soaks down into the soil. I think a mulch of pine bark, pine needles, or dry oak leaves can do the same kind of thing. Within a year these mulches break down and become part of the soil, so they do help increases the acidity.
 
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