Digital ph soil tester for lawncare?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by WETSCAPE, Nov 7, 2013.

  1. WETSCAPE

    WETSCAPE LawnSite Member
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    Anyone have thoughts on these or are they a waste? Looking to pickup somethings over winter and maybe this should be in one or more truck?
     
  2. nylesedwards

    nylesedwards LawnSite Member
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    How much are they?
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  3. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
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    I had one of those. Some one got it for me as a gift.

    It sucked.... Bad....Like obamacare's webiste bad. I put it in soil, water, tapatio, muriatic acid and then the trash. Every thing that it tested was "perfect".... There are some in the 400$ range that are supposed to work well, but the 20$ ones from HD are junk
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  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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  5. WETSCAPE

    WETSCAPE LawnSite Member
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    Soil testing place I use just takes forever to get results back. In the mean time customers are calling whats going on with my lawn? We have all been there!
     
  6. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Keep in mind that a pH meter just stuck in the soil may not work at all if there is not enough soil moisture. You may have to wet it with distilled water--or carry a bottle of rain water, or tap water. Its best to check and compare the soil on your own lawn--I am assuming that you already have a soil test for your own property.

    Well, OK. Calibrate your meter with your favorite brand of beer. Quality breweries are very careful that their product has the proper degree of acidity. Problem is, you can't buy just one can--you need a six pack. This is one of the few times that your recreational re-hydration fluid is a business expense--tax deductable.
     

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