Compost testing

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by wallzwallz, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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  2. BostonBull

    BostonBull LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was wondering about testing myself, good to know! I will be sending a sample off to the lab from my first pile soon. Ill post the results on here.
     
  3. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Probably will get flamed for this, but for general landscape use I see no need for a bioassay. If your clients want to fork out the cash for one, then by all means.....

    Now if your going to use it to make CT, then I would recommend getting one.
     
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    wallzwallz, I would have to read the MA soil ammendment law or contact the office that oversees it, every state that we have registered in has a law on the books that if a company is selling the compost bagged or in bulk, they must have test results available for the consumer, I do not know the extent of the testing but that have to have it available

    Here is the contact information for MA

    MASSACHUSETTS
    *Robert Rondeau Phone: 617 626-1804
    Program Coordinator FAX 617 626-1850
    251 Causeway St., Suite 500 E-Mail: robert.rondeau@state.ma.us
    MA Dept. of Ag. Resources Website: www.mass.gov/agr
    Boston, MA 02114-2151

    I believe the astrick means they are acting and not the main contact
     
  5. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replys.
     
  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Kiril,
    You have never said anything to get you flamed......NOT!
    :blob2::blob2::blob2:

    Bioassay's for companies that do not know how to interpret, simply a waste of money. Those that are trying to understand, it makes sense. As your knowledge builds you will understand how simple it is and do them yourselves

    Like most tests they give you a base line
     
  8. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    My real concern is for topdressing. The bioassay's aren't cheap, I just want to make sure it's mature, high organic matter compost. I believe one source does do testing.
     
  9. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Then do your traditional "soil" test (including heavy metals). Like Bill said, you can get all the information you need (biologically speaking) for this type of use from simply throwing a sample under a scope and taking a look.
     
  10. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, I'm not looking into the Bio end yet, wouldn't mean that much to me w/ very little knowledge in it. Just want safe compost to spread. Thanks for the advice.
     

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