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Soil testers, also called pH meters, are a great tools for home gardeners. Soil testers helps to create healthy garden soil. When soil tests show the pH is not ideal for your plants, it gives you the opportunity to make corrections to bring your soil pH into balance. Perform a soil test in the spring, in the fall, and whenever you add significant amounts of mulch, compost, manures and other materials to your garden.All of these wonderful soil amendments can altar your soil's pH.
Proper pH is vital for maximum health and growth of your plants. The ideal pH range, can be different from one plant to the next.. pH testers are used to find the current pH level. If l tests results show your soil is not at the ideal pH for the plants you will grow, you can make adjustments, and optimize your plants' growth. More about soil pH.
Sure, you can take a soil sample and have it professionally analyzed. These tests can be pricey, and the results are often hard for the average home gardener to interpret.
Wise gardeners turn to inexpensive and easy to use soil testers to check pH and basic soil fertility. There are two basic types of testers for the home garden.
Electronic Soil Testers This meter is by far the most popular. An Electronic Soil Tester measures pH and overall soil fertility. These testers are battery operated, produce results in minutes. Home gardeners use this meter to frequently test various areas of their garden, and the gardens of family and friends. The only downside to an electronic soil tester, is it measures "overall" fertility. It doesn't measure the separate levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium.
Electronic Soil Testers are a "must have" for all home gardeners.
The neat thing about electronic soil testers, is that they can be used over and over again for years.
Chemical Test Kits are an easy to perform, use once chemical kit. It is quick and easy to use. It separately tests pH and levels of Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium. When you need to know the levels of each fertilizer, this throw away kit is for you. It only costs a few dollars.
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