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Definition of portable ph meter

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Definition as written by Terry:

A device that can be very useful to a home gardener who wishes to keep close tabs on the soil pH around various shrubs or in different parts of the garden. Generally consists of a probe and a display; can be digital or mechanical.

A good meter will cost $50 to $75 US; less expensive ones are generally not advised for two reasons:

1. They are not as precisely calibrated, and if you find one that is, chances are it won't stay that way very long; and
2. The lower-priced models tend to skimp on the size of the display, making it difficult to get an accurate reading (and a one point difference on the pH scale represents a tenfold difference in the soil's acidity or alkalinity, so precision is important!)


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