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Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by 2 clowns mowing, Mar 26, 2008.
where should i buy, best deal for a soil ph kit?
What are you looking to test for?
ph levels in soil?
Obvious answer to the stupid question. For some reason I was seeing "nutrients" instead of pH.
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.
thanks i've never been in a pool store amybe get a new eight ball while i'm there.
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.
I use the 694 it cost 27 dollars for 200+ tests http://www.orbeco.com/rahmen/soiltesters_rahmen.html
694 looks like a good deal for 27.00
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.