• slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
  • slide
Using-City-Water-on-Plants-THUMB.jpg

Using City Water on Plants

At a gardening seminar recently, the presenter indicated that if we use city water for our plants then we should use Miracid once a month on them. Your thoughts?

Most urban water is treated and usually has a neutral pH. Those drawn from groundwater in an area with limestone bedrock tend to be more alkaline (higher pH). In those areas the soil also tends to have a high pH. The easiest and most eco-friendly solution is to grow plants that tolerate the existing pH rather than fighting nature and trying to change alkaline soil to acidic. I have not observed any more pH related problems with outdoor gardens irrigated with city water. The best thing you can do is let your plants and soil test results be your guides. If the plants are chlorotic (yellow leaves with green veins) or show other signs of alkaline soil induced nutrient deficiencies have your soil tested. The soil test will tell you what if any fertilizer you need to add. Houseplants like gardenias that require or prefer acid soil will benefit from use of acidifying houseplant fertilizers.

Related

Upcoming Webinars & Appearances


Feb. 4, 2023
WCBA's Home Building &
Remodeling EXPO

West Bend, Wisconsin

Feb. 8, 2023
WEBINAR: 
Indoor Container Garden Design & Display Ideas 
Register now

Feb. 10-12, 2023

PBS Wisconsin
Garden & Landscape EXPO

Madison, Wisconsin

Feb. 15, 2023
WEBINAR: 
10 Tips for Growing Better Dahlias! 
Register now

Feb. 17-19, 2023

NARI Milwaukee Spring Home Improvement Show
West Allis, Wisconsin

Feb. 22, 2023
WEBINAR: 
Grow Beautiful Water Gardens

Register now

Watch Melinda's past webinars ON DEMAND

Learn More

Book an Appearance

Learn More

Enter to Win this Honey Rose Dahlia Collection with six outstanding dahlias!

ENTER NOW