Aceeeed or alkali , meters and things - moving an acer from a pot
Multiple questions - sorry.
Just been up the local garden centre to get some compost as I was going to move 1) an acer from a pot to the ground 2) an acer from one location to another. Talking to the lovely lass up there she asked what soil I had - and I said I'm from around here, so clay and she then asked what PH as the acers prefer slightly acidic (and we're on the edge of the chalk South Downs - so alkaline). I have no idea.
If I test the soil is there a simple way and do the electronic testers (like this - not advertising! - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Moisture-Temperature-Sunlight-Intensity-Instrument/dp/B07CFWM5W3/ref=sr_1_22?dchild=1&keywords=soil+ph+meter&qid=1600687865&s=outdoors&sr=1-22) work ok?
Can I acidify the soil in any way that will work?
I'm now a bit concerned that by moving the acer from the pot I may do more damage to it than leaving it where it is (and my wife planted it, so I'm loathe to do it any damage). The 'other' acer I was going to move (and still will) is growing in the clay anyway (although at the front of the house rather than about 30metres away at the back) and I planted that in the wrong place anyway - so I'm not as bothered about that one.
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