pH meter recommendation

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ddishman, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. ddishman

    ddishman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    Hey y'all. I like to know if I should invest in a pH meter I can just stick in the ground when evaluating a customer's lawn. Any of you use one or have a recommendation?
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Last edited: Apr 1, 2010
  3. ddishman

    ddishman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 13

    I've shopped the web and you can pay anywhere from $10 to $1000. It's gotta be accurate enough to determine whether a lawn needs a pH adjustment.
  4. mike174

    mike174 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 240

    Just take a couple core samples (mixed) and send it off for analysis at your local ag extension. It costs me $15, I charge $25. Customers seem to appreciate a 3rd party, university affiliated analysis.
  5. green_mark

    green_mark LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 494

    We use the Kelway meters which are about 100.00 and last for years of heavy use.

    We get them from
  6. Young Bros

    Young Bros LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 691

    We tried the cheap meters at TG and they were not accuarate. We send them to iowa state university soil testing lab. It costs $9 plus shipping and labor ect. We charge $30. They test N, P, K, and pH.

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