Compost

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by bajaboy1, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. bajaboy1

    bajaboy1 LawnSite Member
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    How much compost needed for a 5000 sf yard?

    Thanks.
     
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
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    how thick do you want to go?

    2-5 yards

    That's for a topdressing. If you are prepping it to plant, you will want to till in more than that.
     
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  3. bajaboy1

    bajaboy1 LawnSite Member
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    Yes, top dressing. Not sure how thick to go. 1/4 inch or so?
     
  4. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
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    1/4" for 5,000 use 4 closer to 5 yards... you could do 1/8" at half that if you want.

    Happy spreading
     
  5. robtown

    robtown LawnSite Member
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    1/4 inch is .75 yards of compost.
     
  6. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
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    oh crap, typed it worng... 3 closer to 4 yards
     
  7. bajaboy1

    bajaboy1 LawnSite Member
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    So, aerate, then compost, then seed slitter, then starter fert? Or compost last? I've heard it both ways.
     
  8. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would compost last. loose the starter fert imo. The compost should have around .5-1% available P. (1/4" compost = 2 to 5 lbs P per K.)
     
  9. bajaboy1

    bajaboy1 LawnSite Member
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    Stupid here.
    What is .5-1% available? Also, 1/4" compost=2 to 5 lbs. P per K.
    Thanks.
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Unless you soil is devoid of P completely your seedlings do not need much to get going. Available P is all it is going to use anyway and your starter ferts will be adding plenty of unavailable P that may indeed tie up micro-nutrients that would otherwise be available so why do it?
    When computing volume for sq. ft. 5000 X 1 would be 5000 cu. feet. [Compost being 1 foot thick]

    If you want 1 inch thick divide by 12.... going to a 1/4" thick divide again by 4...

    That will tell you the number of cubic feet you want. Divide your cu.ft. by 27 to get cubic yards.
     

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