By this i mean if poured on my lawn will it be bad
If you poured a large concentration of citric acid on your lawn it would cause damage to your plants, but a small amount is often used in mixtures to act as a buffering agent to prevent changes in pH. pH in soil can effect how well plants can absorb nitrogen, so sometimes citric acid is used as a sort of natural fertilizer. But again, find out how much to add, you don’t want to overdo it. You can also use it as a natural ant deterrent (probably want to use that just in the house or entering areas, the whole yard would be a losing battle). Citric acid is a natural component of the Krebs Cycle, which is part of a plants respiration. Adding citric acid must be done carefully so as not to hamper their natural glucose transformation.
It depends on how much citric acid you use, as citric acid is a relatively weak acid. Using too much acid could alter the pH (per Hydrogen) of your lawn, causing nutrients in the soil to become inaccessible. Plants tend to flourish in a pH of 6.5 to 7.2. The pH of citric acid is about 2-3. Though pH can be altered by man-made fertilizers, this has a negative impact on the environment.
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