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Why does pH matter?Soil pH affects how plants take up nutrients. Most plants can survive just fine in soils with different pH numbers, but there are some plants that actually require acidic soil to thrive. Some of the more common of these varieties (known in the botanical world as ericaceous plants) include azaleas, blueberries and other eastern woodland species. In the United States, you’ll find more acidic soils in areas with dense conifer forest cover and generous rainfall — such as the Pine Flatwoods of the Southeast, the Hemlock-Cedar Forests of New England and the Pacific Northwest region. Similarly, you might have pine trees or other conifers that contribute to an already acidic soil on your property. If that’s the case, ericaceous plants will thrive there. To find out, pick up an easy soil pH test at your local hardware store. Then match ericaceous plants with areas on your property that have acidic soil.