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Delaware, OH

March 31, 2008
6:56 PM

Post #4736172

What is the best tool for measuring PH? My experience is that the cheaper chemical ones don't work, but I also don't want to waste $ on a gadget if it won't do any better.

Any suggestions?
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 31, 2008
7:18 PM

Post #4736266

The pH devices that you can buy aren't that reliable either (the ones where you stick them in the soil and it has some sort of display that shows you what the pH is) pH meters need to be calibrated in order to measure accurately and the devices you can buy cheaply can't be calibrated. The chemical tests are more accurate than the devices, but if you don't trust those either then really your best bet is to send it out to a soil test lab and have them do it (your local extension office could probably recommend one)

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