Thread: Compost or Tea
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Old 02-21-2013, 04:40 PM
NattyLawn NattyLawn is offline
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Originally Posted by Smallaxe View Post
Applying Tea to an unfriendly lawn was in reference to the survivability of the microbes in different environments... one might imagine spraying your microbes onto a sidewalk as an extreme situation in which the microbes would die w/out food of anykind...
Sandy soils with a lot of bare spots and little SOM is another hostile environment for Tea microbes... their dead bodies would be the only nutrients provided for the plants... And the idea of providing N to the plants with a gal/A. of microbe bodies,,, would be miniscule...
Would you agree???

The one nutrient that is most important to turf is generally, N,,, so it is hard to believe that there are enough dead microbes to supply adequate N all by themselves, on sandy soil with barespots and little SOM to convert...
Do you agree that the N, that comes from the Tea, is NOT from what's in the Tea itself,,, but rather, the N comes from what the microbes convert in the soil??? is that about right???
I would agree that a gallon of tea probably isn't enough to provide adequate N to a lawn, but all lawns are different, and customers expectations are different as well.

I also agree that the N available from tea is a product of nutrient cycling.
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