Soil Testing Kit Reviews

Gardening is a great hobby and for some people, it’s a true passion. They love spending their leisure time taking care of all the wonderful plants in their gardens. However, when asked about the time and effort they need to put in, all gardeners seem to speak with one voice and come up with one and the same answer: ‘gardening is both labor and time intensive!’ Beautiful gardens don’t suddenly materialize out of nowhere and in general plants simply need a lot of care! It is not just about placing a plant in sunlight and splashing some water on it from time to time. Every plant has specific needs and to be a successful gardener you need to understand exactly how much sunlight and water is needed depending on the type of plant. Some plants can withstand 14 hours of sun and still thrive while other plants would simply fry to a near instant and certain death from the same amount of sunlight!

Surprisingly, water is no different in the sense that some plants do not need much water while others need more. Too much water can kills a plant just as effectively as too much sunlight. What happens is that when you feed your plant with more water than it actually needs, the roots of the plant simply rot and die. Some plants just need to draw a little moisture from the soil and no excess water supply is needed! The opposite can also be the case. Again, no matter what, if water stands in one place for too long around the roots of a plant it will eventually die and as such proper drainage is important.

Interestingly, water and sunlight are not the only components to be taken care of. You need to think of the pH level of the soil you are targeting for your plants as well. pH is a measure of the acidic or alkaline level in a given medium. Some plants thrive well when the soil is acidic while other plants prefer soil that is alkaline. Some plants will need a lot of phosphorous to live and require an adequate amount of potash and nitrogen, too! Should any of these go below a critical level, your plants will be at risk and if the imbalance tips too far to one side the soil can even become toxic to the plant and it will die.

You will also have to consider the texture and nature of the soil where you want to plant. Your garden may have loamy, silty, clay, peaty, sandy or chalky soil. The density of each of those types of soil varies greatly. Some plants will not have the root strength to penetrate deep into very dense soil, and even if they do manage to go deep, they may not find all the needed nutrients! So, there are virtually numerous factors to be considered for gardening! This is where the Soil Testing Kits become handy!

Soil Testing Kits can measure sunlight in specific spots; they can measure humidity, soil moisture, drought damage possibilities, pH level, level of chemicals in the soil, etc. However, when you try to buy one, it is important to consider how easy the kit it to use as well as how accurately it measures. Some kits come with a device that will only give you a vague reading. There will be no numerical data. For example, they may say, ‘very bright’, ‘very humid’ etc. what does ‘very’ mean? What is very humid in California may be just humid in Ohio! Also, the ideal kit is able to give readings for deeper levels of soils because with increasing depth, moisture content and chemical composition of the soil can change and the density can change too! There must be some method of comparison where you can compare the test results against some standardized and properly acknowledged data. If a certain kit satisfies most of these conditions, it’s fair to assume that you can trust the feedback it provides and you can go ahead and buy one. Of course, as with any other purchase you make, buy from a trusted provider because stuff in general sometimes just doesn’t work as expected and when that happens it’s always nice to know that you’ll receive friendly and fair customer service.



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