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Testing the pH of your soil is fairly easy to do. It does require a simple kit that you can buy from hardware stores or garden centres. Each kit will come with its own instructions that will guide you through the process of sampling and testing.
Your testing kit will tell you a pH on a scale from 1 (very strongly acidic) to 14 (very strongly alkaline). Most soils fall in the pH range 3 to 9. Choose the closest value from our pH ranges that matches the value shown by your kit.
Don't worry if the wording doesn't match exactly, use the pH value to find the closest match, i.e. if your kit identifies your soil as pH 7, then choose the Neutral (6.5 – 7.2) category.
Traditionally, soil scientists use several field and laboratory-based techniques to identify soil texture including sieving, sedimentation and laser granulometry. There are international standards for describing soil textures in terms of their clay, silt and sand content. However, for mySoil, we have some simple tips to help you identify your soil from the six classes we use in the app.
The following chart describes how you can estimate your soil-type by trying to mold a small sample of it into different shapes.