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Is there a kit that tests soil pH at home?

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There are home soil testing kits that require preparing a solution of soil and a testing tablet, and then comparing the color of the resulting solution to a chart to determine pH. Another type of testing equipment is a meter with a soil probe that gives a digital pH reading.

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Home soiling testing kits range in price from under $10 to $60, as of 2015. Metered probes are reusable, while kits that use testing tablets need restocking with additional tablets for future testing. The accuracy of home soil testing kits is questionable, and experts recommend sending a soil sample to a local cooperative extension service for accurate laboratory testing. These basic laboratory tests usually cost about the same as home testing kits, but are much more accurate.

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