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Soil PH Meter

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  • Easy to operate
  • Hand held size
  • Includes full instructions
  • Requires no chemicals, power source or distilled water
  • Helps ensure healthy lawns and gardens
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Product Description

Used by Professional Lawn Care Companies and Nurseries. Wonderful for serious gardeners who want to check the pH level in their garden. This soil pH meter is simple and easy to use. Test your soil with accuracy and ease to determine if you need to adjust soil acidity. The pH scale ranging from 0 to 14 is used to indicate acidity and alkalinity. A pH of 7.0 is neutral, values below 7.0 are acid, and those above are alkaline. The lower the pH the more acid is the soil. The higher the pH, the more alkaline. The pH values of some common items are: pure water, 7.0: lemon juice, 2.2 to 2.4; orange juice, 3.4 to 4.0; fresh milk, 6.3 to 6.6; mild soap solution, 8.5 to 10.0; most Ontario soils, 4.5 to 8.0. Soil pH is important chiefly because of the many effects it has on biological and chemical activity of the soil, which effects the metabolism of your plants. To learn more about Soil pH there is a link below for your convenience. To test and regulate the pH of your soil employ the Kelway Soil pH meter .

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0002F9AHM
  • Item model number: 82353
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,316 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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223 of 228 people found the following review helpful By A. Bessellieu on August 23, 2007
I needed a quick way to evaluate the pH in my garden beds, especially those that prefer an acid pH like blueberries, azaleas and rhodos. This little tool does the trick for me without having to send off a sample to a lab and wait several weeks for an answer. I knew my blueberries were chlorotic and that the pH should be in the 4.5 to 5.5 range, but I was unsure just how far off my soil was. So I ordered this meter, dug a hole 5" deep by 4" wide, filled it with water and after it drained I tested it using this meter. The pH was 6.2 - there was my answer - in 15 minutes total (including digging the hole and waiting for the water to drain through) instead of 2 weeks. This thing is great. No batteries, no waiting and it can be used over and over again on my 2 acres. If you are a garden junkie, this thing is indispensable. It pays for itself in 2 to 5 uses, and will last for years. Note to future users: if you do your research on pH testing you'll find that you need to test the soil at the fibrous root level. That means 5 to 8" below the soil. If you dig at least a 5" hole (after pushing any mulch aside) and insert the meter about 2" you're in the zone.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By S. MOORE on June 3, 2010
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I have a small farm (5 acres) with several gardens and a lot of grass. With basic soil tests for PH running about $10 each from the agricultural extension office, this solid little meter nearly paid for itself in the first 30 minutes out of the box!
Just read the instructions, follow the instructions, and each PH reading takes about 3 minutes. Since I had recently had some soil sammples done, I was able to pretty much verify that the gage was "spot-on" by sampling some known areas.
It also comes with a handy reference for PH levels for just about everything you can grow, what a super and well-made product!
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126 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Richard A. Moore on March 31, 2011
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I was surprised to discover that this is not a full-range pH meter - it is an acidity meter. The pH range of the dial is 3 to 8. On the side of the box it reads: Kelway Direct Reading Tester: SOIL ACIDITY: For Home and Garden Use. So, if you are trying to get good measurements in the alkaline range (i.e., at pH > 7.0) then this is not the device for you. Based on the fact that this information is omitted in the advertising for the item on the Amazon website, I am giving it 2 stars.

If you are working mostly in acid soils, you might like this item. I have used it in my slightly acidic soils and I get plausible readings.

Another little quirk not mentioned: the unit comes with special little pads (KCP: Kelway Conditioning Pads) that you must rub on the probe every time you do a soil test. According to the accompanying instructions, the 2 pads provided are good for "20 or more" readings - then you might have to acquire more of the pads from the manufacturer "at modest cost" - or alternately you can use "other very mild abrasives" whatever those might be.

Honestly, just a slight aftertaste of snake oil....
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Langner on October 17, 2007
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After trying with spotty success to grow a variety of shrubs, flowers, and trees in our southwestern US suburban half-acre lot, I turned to the possibility that our soil -- it is mostly clay former Rio Grande river bed -- was out of the PH range many plants wanted to see. Several years of applying iron sulfate helped a lot, but how much was enough, and how much was too much? I saw and bought this PH meter. Indeed, the PH varies widely from place to place in our yard. This meter does a great job of indicating how much PH change we need -- and where we need it. We have healthier, greener plants with no excess expenditure on iron sulphate (Ironite) which is not inexpensive. The meter is a great tool!
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S. Linkletter on May 18, 2010
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I was a little skeptical about this pH meter when I ordered it. The instructions said to just insert it in the ground, but most people who review pH meters say to always add water to the soil. I didn't want to add water because our tapwater is very hard and alkaline. I do not think I would get a valid reading after adding tapwater. However, this pH meter worked fine without any added water. At first I thought I was getting more acidic readings where the ground was wetter, because the soil located away from our concrete driveway was moist and soft, while that nearby the driveway was drier and hard. Then I tested it down by our barn, where there was standing water next to a limestone gravel drive. The soil was soft and measured alkaline, as it should have. I am convinced that the meter works as promised in the instructions.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Matt Zimmerman on March 17, 2012
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I have tried several of those $15 soil tester machines but they all register 7. I spent a bit more by buying this one but it was worth it! I planted some blueberries last year and acidified the soil and this did a great job; at various spots I got samples ranging from 4 to 6. Then when I moved it to my lawn I got 7.

Bottom line is if you want an accurate PH tester, this is it!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By PGF on July 2, 2011
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I am growing bamboo in San Francisco and my neighbor's redwood tree sheds over my property.
After taking hold, my bamboo started turning yellow with dead leaves and dry stalks.
I suspected the soil was turning too acidic. I could add lime of course but without properly
measuring the PH level first, I could just as well over do it in the opposite direction.
I looked far and wide for a practical PH meter that is accurate and allows for quick readings at multiple
spot in my garden. This allows me to track the Ph at different locations but also its evolution
in response to the addition of organic lime.

This unit is sturdy, easy to use and I can take 10 measurements in < 1hr.
I almost bought the more sophisticated units a $200-$300 but I am very happy with this unit.
Keep in mind that the measuring scale is mostly on the acidic side with just a modest
range on the alkaline side. Most gardens have a problem with excessive acidity so that should
not an issue.
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