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algored2deth 04-04-2012 02:53 PM

pH meter
 
Does anybody know of a decent pH meter for monitoring lawn soil acidity? Link for it?


I did search around for a similar topic but found nothing.

thanks

Ravenworks 04-04-2012 03:44 PM

Your local extention office will test it for free.

juryduty 04-04-2012 10:21 PM

Sure they will, but they are probably open every third Tuesday or something. :) I use one like this for my soil, works pretty good. Lots of them there.
http://www.amazon.com/Luster-Leaf-16...ef=pd_sim_lg_1

algored2deth 04-05-2012 07:33 AM

The local extension here will test it but it is $20 per sample. Sample size is supposed to be 6"x6". And yes, there is a delay in getting results. I would rather just have a probe that I stick in the ground and it gives me an idea of what is going on. I really am not that committed to digging up samples and playing the coop dance.

SingleGuy 04-05-2012 09:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ravenworks (Post 891741)
Your local extention office will test it for free.

Not all are free. Mine charges 8 bucks.

user1007 04-06-2012 10:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ravenworks (Post 891741)
Your local extention office will test it for free.

Maybe, but sadly, with budget cuts, many cannot anymore. They can refer you to a soil lab. Soil tests are not especially extensive and a good lab will analyze for lots of things and tell you how to prepare the samples. A comprehensive soil test can save you lots in the long run. I think they are an absolute must if your home is on piece of Earth scraped for the lot prep and often with many types of soil left in different places.

As for Ph Meters they have those things on a stick or probe and I have no idea if they work or not. I personally would trust the versions with reactive strips (so long as they are within the date range) more but for no defendable reason I guess. I just searched for "Ph Soil Test" via Google and many options from $7 to $20 and one for $189 popped up.


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