This article, Ferry Morse Soil Tester Review, is the first of three soil test reviews that we conducted this week.
The Ferry Morse soil tester is an electronic soil tester that you push into wet soil. There is a three position switch that will give you a reading on your Ph and on your Fertilizer.
In order to do the test the first thing you do is clear off about two inches of dirt and then loosen about 5 inches of dirt below that. Then you moisten the dirt to make a muddy mixture.
First, clean off the probes with the provided green cleaning cloth. Push the switch on the side into the down position. You then push the meter into the muddy mixture right up to the meter and let it sit for 5 seconds. Then look at the meter to get a reading on the fertilizer in the soil.
Once the above test is done you can get a Ph test by setting the switch on the side to the up position. Clean off the probes with the provided green cleaning cloth. You then push the meter into the muddy mixture right up to the meter and let it sit for 60 seconds. Then look at the meter to get a reading on the Ph of the soil.
This process is shown in the YouTube video below.
My results for the Ferry Morse weren’t so great. I put the meter into the muddy mixture and the needle didn’t move for either test. I know the battery was good because I tested it before I installed it in the meter. When I opened the package there was a piece of solder laying loose in the packaging.
So I figured I just picked a random bad unit. So I went back to Lowes to get another. They had 6 at Lowes. None of the other units had batteries so I used the battery of the unit that I returned to Lowes because I knew that the battery was good. I tested four of the 6 units and the needle did not move on any of them. That is a 100% failure rate with over 50% tested.
This product was the most expensive product tested, coming in at just under $20. With a 100% failure rate with over 50% tested, I could not recommend this product to anyone.