This project has been very educational and very helpful to me. I feel like I have learned so much and I feel like a professional when it comes to taking soil moisture samples. I know that taking measurements/samples isn’t a hard task at all, since all you have to do is choose a location, place the probe into the ground about 6″, and then press the “Test” button. Anyone can do this task, it is a bit messy but it is lots of fun.
In this project I took the Soil Moisture measurement/sample of various locations within a one-fourth mile radius of one another on my school campus. I have collected of that data and I compiled it all into a data table, which you can if you scroll down. Also, along the left hand side of this blog are pictures of the various locations.
The Soil Moisture Meter measures the wetness or dryness of soil. When I first go the Soil Probe it was already calibrated for me. As I researched more and more about this specific probe I learned the basis of how to use it effectively. First, you need to calibrate it properly. To do that you place the bottom end of the probe into a pitcher of water. Then press the “Test” button, it should read ‘100.’ If it does not read that then you use the left knob to correct it. By turning the knob clockwise, it will increase the reading and by turning counter-clockwise, it will decrease the reading. Just continue to turn the knob either way in order for it to read ‘100.’ After the process, you are free to take samples of soil of anywhere.
|Location||May 12th,2015.2:05 p.m – 2:15 p.m||May 13th,2015.2:05pm -2:15 p.m(Rained the night before)||May 14th,2015.10:30 a.m – 10:40 a.m||May15th,2015.2:05 p.m – 2:15 p.m|
|1. Meadow||The soil is 72% Wet||The soil is 80% Wet||The soil is 62% Wet||The soil is 51% Wet|
|2.Grassy Area by the plot of the Meadow||The soil is 19% Wet||The soil is 14% Wet||The soil is 37% Wet||The soil is 23% Wet|
|3..Grass near the Natatorium||The soil is 36% Wet||The soil is 51% Wet||The soil is 59% Wet||The soil is 16% Wet|
|4.Under the Pine Trees||The soil is 36% Wet||The soil is 63% Wet||The soil is 14% Wet||The soil is 23% Wet|
|5.Orchard||The soil is 67% Wet||The soil is 44% Wet||The soil is 34% Wet||The soil is 45% Wet|