The purpose of designing moisture meters was to measure wood moisture content. Despite this, people used it for other materials, therefore the device was developed to include a larger number of materials and to become more effective.
What’s a Soil Moisture Meter?
Soil moisture can be hard to define because it means different things in different disciplines. For instance, a farmer’s concept of soil moisture is the opposite of a water resource manager or a weather forecaster.
The instrument has originally a scale and color range to measure the relative soil moisture level in plants. Moisture meters are various and different and have different usages.
What Is It For?
The information given by the soil moisture is important for a wide range of farmers, agricultural and governmental agencies, weather forecasters, engineers, researchers and many more.
The soil moisture meter is considered a key variable in the control of water and heat energy exchange between the land surface and the atmosphere through evaporation and plant transpiration.
In consequence, the soil moisture meter plays a valuable role in the development of production precipitation and weather patterns.
The soil moisture meter was specially created to know when your plant is in need of water. The gadget will save you a lot of headaches and keep your plant healthy. The major problem with plants is that they have too much or too little water.
If you’re a plant owner, you’ve probably been confused when you read about caring for your plant, because it’s hard to tell if problems are coming from the amount of water or no.
How Does it Work?
The electric current is allowed to pass through the soils thanks the two probes of the meter to measure the moisture level.
Electricity is more conducted in the soil when there is more water, which means the resistance will be in low and high moisture level. And vice versa, electricity is less conducted when there is less water, which results in more resistance and low moisture level.
As a first time user, the following steps will help you use the soil moisture meter correctly:
Moisture meters come in different styles, so you will need to pick one. They can check light, soil acidity as well as moisture for sure. For a quick plant check-up, plain moisture meters are the easiest to use. It is advised to choose one that measures tout de suite and won’t charge you to buy batteries.
Got that meter? Start off by holding the head or gauge end of the meter. Do you notice a pointed end? That’s the probe, which you will need to in Insert into the soil about three-quarters down into the pot.
Its job is to measure the soil moisture at the roots. Next, have a gauge that shows the water content on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “wet.” It may even come with a handy reference that shows the name of many common houseplants and the point at which you should water.
Don’t stress out, as most moisture meter manufacturers list fiddle leaf fig (ficus lyrata) at a 1, meaning you need to give the plant time to completely dry out between waterings. I find that this would take weeks for my plants and leave them damaged from lack of water.
That red zone that you can’t notice, the moisture meter does that for you. Some plants need dry soil.
Time to discover more about the green zone! The majority of the plants need moderately humid soil. These include crocus, bulbs, and tulips. It is important that their soil humidity is in the meter’s green zone.
The meter turns in the red if the plant is ready to have water, but if it’s in the blue zone, it means the plant had enough water. Water your plants when it turns green.
Some plants, such as ferns, are always thirsty for water. While most plants should not be in the blue zone, which is too wet, ferns must be more in the green-blue zone rather than the red-green zone.
Walk outdoors, you’ll always find a plant to check upon. The moisture meter is suitable for checking outdoor plants and shrub water. It is especially useful if the plants have drip irrigation.
There are times where the emitters have clogged or are not putting out the right amount of water, don’t doublethink and use a moisture meter to check some places around the plant.
Plants need frequent monitoring. Therefore, make sure to use the meter to spot your plants. It is not advisable to leave the meter for son long in the plant.
It is important to clean your meter after usage, wipe off the probe, you’ll need it again.
Don’t Forget to Water your Plants
If you wish not for your plants to diminish during summer, you need to water them regularly.
But the question remains is how much and how often should you water them? Below are some easy and basic facts regarding watering your plants.
- Most plants depend on even moisture. However, a bit drying out before watering increases root growth of the plants.
- Do not water always, but when you do, do it thoroughly. For most flower beds, one to two watering sessions per week is enough.
- It is advisable to water your plants either early mornings or late evenings. Why? Watering Cooled soil in the evening or at night, results in evaporating less water than it would on hot soil during the day. And the plants can preserve for themselves water before the next day’s heat.
- Keep leaves dry to prevent the plant from diseases;
- Water when necessary and as little as possible better in a water-saving method. Have you ever heard of an automatic irrigation system? Maybe you’d love to consider it.
- It’s better to water repeatedly in parts so it reaches all plant parts as the water usually needs a moment to be swallowed by the soil.
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