davidmack
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testing soil for moisture

Hi,

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,
Dave

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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...

HG
Scott Reil

davidmack
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Hi,

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

Thanks again.

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HG
Scott Reil

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Lawns need 1 inch of H20 a week to look and stay healthy. Water and adjust as needed when it rains.

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