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Old 12-06-2013, 10:47 AM
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Compost Analysis - your thoughts

Year of
Analysis 2013
pH 7.8
Organic Matter 36%
C:N Ratio 10:1

Total Nutrient Analysis
Nitrogen (N)* Phosphorus (P) Potassium (K)
1.9% 0.3% 1.0%

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Here is an analysis of the compost available at my local county compost site. I located this on the county website and was fairly impressed with the information presented and the extensive process the county takes to create the compost.
I am proposing using this compost in bulk to test the waters in compost topdressing for 2014.

Any thoughts on this analysis?
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:13 AM
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I would also like to see a biological analysis. http://www.earthfort.com/lab-services.html
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To me...it sounds like great compost. It should work fine.
On the other hand, I am not sure I would offer compost topdressing.
Compost can be difficult and time consuming to spread, big labor cost. Or expensive machine.

Are other companies doing it? Is it profitable for them?
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Old 12-06-2013, 12:22 PM
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I would also like to see a biological analysis. http://www.earthfort.com/lab-services.html
I would have to have a sample tested for that. The data I posted was posted on the county website.

I agree that the labor aspect of topdressing is an obstacle....but I just cannot get past what a benefit the process is to lawns. Have seen it with my own eyes, doing a few manual jobs in the past including my own lawn.

As far as who offers it in the metro around here.....I would say virtually no one.
Most guys are probably so fixated on mowing and apps they never consider compost application or don't even know you can do it.
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Why is the pH so high? 7.8 Salt content?
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Old 12-06-2013, 02:02 PM
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Why is the pH so high? 7.8 Salt content?
Not sure...but I do know the vast majority of the inputs are leaves and grass clippings. No animal waste.
Our soil structure is clay loam (more on the clay side)
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Old 12-06-2013, 05:43 PM
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I would have to have a sample tested for that. The data I posted was posted on the county website.
Yes I understand. Very few compost suppliers do this testing. But, It's the biology that helps provide the results you want.
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i s the organic matter percent listed based on % of the compost "as is", or the "dry weight" ?
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