any reliable ph soil test kits?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by mrkosar, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. mrkosar

    mrkosar LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 680

    suggestions or opinions on whether they are worth it or work? thinking about adding this as a bonus when I give an estimation.

    TURF DOCTOR LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,138

    I have saw em for 20 bucks or so,use the search button at the top this was brought up a while back.
  3. Yard

    Yard LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

  4. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    The Kelways are great and professional looking, also last for years........La Motts makes the "Kats Ass" of test kits:dancing:
  5. Microbe

    Microbe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 172

    Got a website? I needzzzzzzz me a PH TESTER!!!!!!!:jester: :jester: :jester:
  6. muddstopper

    muddstopper LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,341

    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.
  7. lawnguy26

    lawnguy26 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 208

    A $550 difference between the LaMotte and Kelway:eek:

    Is the LaMotte that much more precise? What's the difference?
  8. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,461

    I have the Kelway..

    I don't know about the accuracy though.. according to the soil tests performed with it, none of my lawns need a lime treatment... I KNOW that's too good to be true! I might end up blowing the $600 on a laboratory quality tester.
  9. Rayholio

    Rayholio LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,461

    BTW, I automaticly charge $20 per year for a 'soil test' so I can recover the cost in a year or two..
  10. Norm Al

    Norm Al LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,227

    it is very rare that you will have a PH problem! most ph testers are for making the home owner feel all warm and fuzzy!

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