3-way vs manure

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by McGaw, May 13, 2013.

  1. McGaw

    McGaw LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
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    Hey guys,

    I'm sorry if this has already been covered but I cannot locate it.

    A few years ago the city dug up our lawns and roads to do sewer work. They replaced the dirt/ soil with sand... I have not had much success (or anyone else on the street) with adding 3-way topsoil and seeding over the years. I'm wondering if I should use manure compost, or just continue to use 3-way topsoil?
    I am also looking for the holes to be filled in as it is rather bumpy on the walker.
    If anyone could reply tonight that would be excellent. I think I'll be having a short day tomorrow of cutting so can work on my own lawn.

    Thanks alot! :canadaflag:
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    So what is 3 way topsoil???
     
  3. McGaw

    McGaw LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 158

    I believe my suppliers mix is 50% peat moss, 40% topsoil, and 10% sand
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    What is the texture of the 40%??? topsoil is a meaningless term, but for the sake of brevity I would think that anything that is 50% peat, should be capabl of growing just about anything...

    Are you working this mixture into the sand that they originally put down??? anything sitting on top of sand is weakened a great deal...
     
  5. McGaw

    McGaw LawnSite Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 158

    I've typically only aerated, loosened soil with a garden rake, applied dirt and mix in with the soil. I've never used manure before so I'm not sure what applications its beneficial for
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    The problem nowdays with composted manure is that the farmers use sand as bedding,,, and it sounds as though you have enough sand... Rather than getting even 10% sand and whatever the 40% mystery dirt might be in your mix, you might look instead with pure compost... that will do the most work in the thin layer you are talking about...
     
  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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    don't use manure. it is full of weeds....or maybe it just makes weeds grow like crazy? :laugh:
     

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