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Compost Tea Spray Rates

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by ed2hess, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We can now buy compost tea in large quantaties. They recommend spraying at around 2oz. per 1000 sq.ft. That doesn't seem like a lot but apparently many farmers who want to stay organic are using it.
     
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That does seem low. Many recommend about 15 oz./K or 5 gal./acre.

    Do they provide a bioanalysis?
     
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is what bothers me about this idea of putting on compost tea how do I know if the micro are the right ones and what if they are dead. I got to think they charge $50 for 2.5 gallons. I got a 5 gallon compost maker why dont' I just make my own?
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    What do the microbes eat to cycle nutrients,,, even if they are the right ones and even if they are alive???

    This is an opportunity for the sales person to remind the purchaser that CT is only a single tool to a comprehensive organic lawn strategy...
    What other things need to be added,,, since CT is not a stand alone product that is sufficient unto itself???

    JohnsonLawnCare learned that the hard way as was discussed in another thread... hopefully a thorough complete understanding would be given to the purchaser along with his bottle of bugs... :)
     
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    I bought the version of CT with fertilize in it....15-5-5. I have used CT and know that it takes time. At 30cents an ounce we can afford to put
    this on several times a year.
     
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    That's a new one on me, can you provide a link?
     
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    One of the places it is made is at Landmark here in Austin. I just put the first application on two weeks ago. I got lucky and got two rains since in addition to weekly watering. I put this on in early morning after irrigation had run the nite before and then did a quick pass of watering after application.

    http://www.cxinternational.com/

    I put water in the tank and let it open for a few days to get rid of the chlorine. I can spray about one acre with the 33gal tank. I used 64ounces of the tea + fertilize. So that is around $18. I worried about damaging grass since we in the 90F+ part of our season. I plan to do this every couple months on some areas that are poor grass.

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  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have no experiance with these products.

    The Soil Inoculant with Humus is not compost tea. The sell sheet only lists seven species of microbes, while the label only guarantees two species. There is only 0.03% humus acid. It is OMRI listed and approved for organic use by the USDA.

    The 15-5-5 Bio-Soil Enhancer label guarantees seven species of microbes,
    no humus acid, several micronutrients blended with a urea based fertilizer. This is not an organic product.
     
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I assume the inoculant must be the one widely used by cattle guys in east texas who want to sell as organic. Would it be reasonable to assume that their inoculant would be better than compost tea I would brew?
     
  10. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I don't know, how do you make your tea? Do you have it analyzed?
     

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