Cow Manure/Soil Topdress

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by cgaengineer, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. DeepGreenLawn

    DeepGreenLawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    did you notice an elevated smell with the rain?
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    It had a wet dog smell actually...not bad though. It was the worst right after it was applied. The weather could not have been more cooperative... it sat all week without getting wet and dried up, I ran over it with 21" mulcher on Thursday and then Friday night we got rain.
     
  3. growingdeeprootsorganicly

    growingdeeprootsorganicly LawnSite Senior Member
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    usually rain and plenty of fresh air will always mellow out bad smells.

    it's tough come summer time when water is at a minimum to keep the lawn growing no matter what you do to it, but every bit of organic matter you add will help retain some more moisture down the road.
    but when it's hot and dry for long periods and the lawn goes dormant, sometimes it's the best thing for it.
     
  4. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    The smell doesn't bother me...we live out in the country anyway so we smell it from time to time anyway.
     
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I can just hear the clients talking now... What the H...llll, is that I smell?!!!?! Herbert - Stop that... :laugh:

    I know it does work well. The manure Tea is safer for lasting effects though...
     
  6. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have been messing with manure tea as well. I tried it on a few plants that were on their last legs and withing 2 days they have perked up. I may try some manure tea through my hose end sprayer in some test areas and see what happens.
     
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    I usually do drenches because of the 'solids' problem. How do you strain the stuff?
     
  8. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well I was thinking about how to do that last night when the thought hit me that I have a 4hp gas pump that will pass 1" solids. I plan to setup a floating pump head (Or similar design) in a 55 gallon plastic drum. I will then only use the screen at the end of my pump line. At that point I will need some way of capturing the fines so the tea will pass through my garden hose without clogging or use a large orifice at the end.
     
  9. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    A lot of it will settle to the bottom as well, I suppose.
    Sounds like a plan. Let us know what works best once you find it.
    Good luck. :)
     
  10. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a pretty course screen on the suction side of my pump hose so large solids would not be a problem and the pump can handle the smaller ones but I know for a fact that just about any hose end will plug without some sort of prefilter. I suppose that if I used some sort of mesh or mesh bag and steeped the tea I would eliminate most of the problems associated with clogging.

    All of my manure tea testing is non scientific...I will be honest, I have absolutely no idea of what I am doing but I know from pouring this stuff in the soil at the base of the plants I am getting great results so far.
     

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