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testing soil for moisture

Posted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 2:06 am
by davidmack

Is it true that, even with my relatively sandy soil, I can drive a
screwdriver (or some other screwdriver-like object) into the ground to test
whether it needs to be watered? I've read that the point at which the
screwdriver stops is the barrier between wet soil and dry soil.

Thanks for your time,

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 12:53 am
by The Helpful Gardener
DM, that would be news to me. Soil tilth has little to do with soil moisture... forest soils I can reach my hand into can still hold good moisture...

So no, not true at all...


Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 6:24 am
by davidmack

What's the best way to test the moisture level of my soil? Is there a probe that is available for purchase?

Thanks again.

Posted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 11:18 am
by The Helpful Gardener
Told you I liked [url=]the easy ones[/url]... :lol:


Posted: Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:46 pm
by greenstubbs
Lawns need 1 inch of H20 a week to look and stay healthy. Water and adjust as needed when it rains.