where to buy ph kit?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by 2 clowns mowing, Mar 26, 2008.

  1. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    where should i buy, best deal for a soil ph kit?
     
  2. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    What are you looking to test for?
     
  3. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    ph levels in soil?
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Obvious answer to the stupid question. For some reason I was seeing "nutrients" instead of pH. :hammerhead:

    If you don't need to be all that accurate, use the cheap pH kit you can get at just about any pool supply store.
     
  5. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    :laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh:
     
  6. 2 clowns mowing

    2 clowns mowing LawnSite Senior Member
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    thanks i've never been in a pool store amybe get a new eight ball while i'm there.
     
  7. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
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    The problem with ALL inexpensive pH meters and test kits is that they will measure the pH of the water you used to make the slurry, not of the soil. I tried using a RapidTest pH meter, but the resilts were all the same... 6.7 to 6.8 every time. So, I tried the little test kit, with the capsules also made by RapidTest... same thing.

    I had used a very good pH meter for my beer brewing hobby, and bought another one for soil testing, made by Hanna Instruments, the pHep 5 model. It's a bit pricey at a little under $100, but the results corelate to my soil test results from Cornell very closely, within 0.1 in 6 instances.

    I test pH for free, both as a tool to determine if a soil amendment is in order, but also as a sales tool. I can do the test right in front of the customer. If the pH is good, I tell them they just saved some money. This is something they have never seen an LCO do before, and generally are quite impressed. It also lends credibility for other services I may recommend.
     
  8. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
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  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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  10. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    In the organics forum, pH is only one piece of the puzzle. There are other variables that can affect pH other than sticking a probe in the ground, getting a reading, and adding lime. Soil testing would be a better method of knowing what's going on with the soil. It's cheap in most cases, and an easy upsell.
     

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