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Old 03-25-2006, 09:35 PM
timturf timturf is offline
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Your tester tells you your ph is 4.5 or 8.5, now how to correct it?
In other words, the tester isnt worth squat because even if you know what the ph is, you still dont know what to apply, or how much is needed, to correct the problem.
RIGHT ON!

Do it right, get a quality soil test, one that includes the base saturations, don't forget the soluble salts

want to quickly impress the client, use an inexpensive ph meter for a quick check on ph, then do a soil test to test the nutrients and get recommendations!!!!!!
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Old 04-06-2006, 06:17 PM
The Friendly Green The Friendly Green is offline
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I use the Kelway, it seems to work well enough. Mind you not as extensive as the other larger kits, but the customers seem to like it.
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Old 09-23-2007, 07:44 PM
EliteImpressions EliteImpressions is offline
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There hasnt been a post in over a year on this. Seeing if there are any other insights maybe from Ric or some of the other elder members. I know sending out the soil is more accurate but I like the idea of testing right away.
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:07 PM
Prolawnservice Prolawnservice is offline
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There hasnt been a post in over a year on this. Seeing if there are any other insights maybe from Ric or some of the other elder members. I know sending out the soil is more accurate but I like the idea of testing right away.
RIC was banned from posting in the organic forum a few years ago , your best bet is to get a quality soil test done at a lab. Its not worth the time or money for hand held units.
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Old 09-27-2007, 03:25 PM
Norm Al Norm Al is offline
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I have sold many a lawncare program by being the only one to pull out a 200 $ Kelway tester. Originally I wanted it cause i really cared about the turf. Now I realize how important it is for a professional appearance and selling services.

Here in the PNW all lawns need lime. Need proof? Just have a look here sir.
this is some honest stuff right here!
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