Why is neutralization reaction important?

1 Answer

It helps return pH levels to more neutral levels.


A neutralization reaction can be important for many reasons. One example is in agriculture.

Neutralization reactions are when an acid and base react, typically forming water and salt. These processes will help return pH levels to more neutral levels.

Soil can sometimes become more acidic (under 5.5). One example of this is when decaying pine needles cause soil pH to drop. You may have noticed that it is common to see bare patches of soil under pine trees, this is due to the lower pH levels which most plants do not tolerate.

By adding a substance which will neutralize the acidity, it will be possible to raise the pH to more neutral levels and allow for plants to grow in the soil again.