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    Does anyone have a good working soil moisture reporting solution and willing to share it. Actually just a good sensor will work for me as I have all the reporting infrastructure available.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Originally posted by risquare View Post
    Does anyone have a good working soil moisture reporting solution and willing to share it. Actually just a good sensor will work for me as I have all the reporting infrastructure available.

    Thaks
    Yes. Ambient Weather has soil moisture sensors that are decent. They are supported by the stand alone console or via the Observer IP module used by many PWS. Once I'm able to get some of them I will add support to AmbientWeather. In the meantime well...

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    • #3
      Vegetronix has a good sensor for certain situations. https://www.vegetronix.com/

      I used it reliably in a desert climate as a monitor to assure that the drip irrigation system is working properly.

      In the Pacific Northwest I tried to use it for lawn moisture. There is just too much water overall in the ground so I can either get no change when probe is deep or I can track sunlight effect if it is just inserted in the top of the soil.

      It is an Analog input. I use WebControl for the interface. Any modern micro could be used.

      Water does channel underground so if you desire to use it as a general soil moisture sensor you should not rely upon a single location measurement.

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      • #4
        I have a few different setups, one expensive and twi cheaper.

        1. Davis Instruments soil and leaf which is highly reliable. This is used outside in our vegetable garden and not integrated with Homeseer.

        2. 433 MHz moisture sensors. The unit allows up to three channels/sensors and this monitors internal pot plants. This is integrated with Homeseer using RFXCom.

        3. The last unit is a stand alone Ecowitt sensor. I used this to test the lawn as it is stand alone, I could walk around and test soil in various locations to ensure the lawn was getting the correct watering when I changed thing around recently.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Michael McSharry View Post
          Vegetronix has a good sensor for certain situations. https://www.vegetronix.com/.
          Michael thanks for providing this.
          They looks like a great system and the price is very good, flexible and easily expanded.

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          • #6
            It is the Opus XT300 / Imagintronix soil moisture sensor that is supported by RFXCOM in Homeseer.
            Three of these can be used: https://www.plantcaretools.com/produ...isture-sensor/

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            • #7
              Originally posted by b_weijenberg View Post
              It is the Opus XT300 / Imagintronix soil moisture sensor that is supported by RFXCOM in Homeseer.
              Three of these can be used: https://www.plantcaretools.com/produ...isture-sensor/
              Ha ha, that is the name of the second ones I have listed. I would have never remember their brand.

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