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soil test

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by keifer, Nov 22, 2001.

  1. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    Hey guys at the local nurserys they have these little soil meters to tell ph. You just stick it in the ground it runs off batterys i think. They are around 10 bucks / are they worth it will it help anything. Thanks for any advice you may have.
  2. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    If I were you I would save my money and get a professional tester if you are going to be serious about pH testing.

    I wouldn't want my calcualtions to be off because ther tester was not accurate.
  3. keifer

    keifer LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 320

    Where do they sell pro tester and about how much do they run.
  4. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    You can find some on the internet...

    Some around $100.

    There are some around $400 too..

    Those have extra readings as well...

    I guess you can just get a basic pH tester for around $20
  5. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
    Posts: 3,486

    Why test only pH? What about CEC's, N-P-K-Mg-Ca and so on? Do a complete soil test and you will know the whole condition of the soil.
  6. dhicks

    dhicks Member
    Posts: 771

    They sell soil testers at GEMPLERS and at AMLEONARDS on the net.
  7. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    Have used an old Kelway pH tester for 20 years, and it has never been off more than 0.2 compared to a lab test. No batteries, no chemicals, just a mechanical instrument that also reads soil field capacity ratio (water content by %). About $100 at A.M.Leonard (<a href="https://www.amleo.com/help-desk/item.php?hb2">HB2</a>)
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,496

    I would like something like this, that tells the soil temperature, too. I've always just used the co-op. extension service through MSU here.
  9. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,354

    i have one i got at hd .in these dry conditions it reads
    about 2 or so most of the time. think its either broke
    or possibly all it ever did was measure the ph of the moisture in the soil.this one has a moisture and light meter as well.
    plan on going back to hd and checking another one to se if mines
    broke or they all do the same.later now
  10. What lab do you use that measures the available N?

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