Dilution Ratio for compost tea soil drench?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by lawncuttinfoo, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. lawncuttinfoo

    lawncuttinfoo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Dilution Ratio for compost tea soil drench?

    I have heard anywhere from 5:1 to 20:1.
    What are your thoughts?

    I'm trying to decide what size sprayer I will need.
     
  2. wallzwallz

    wallzwallz LawnSite Senior Member
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    I plan on a 1:1 ratio. I have a 100 gallon brewer and a 200 gallon nurse tank, and will be using a 40 gallon spot sprayer/boom.
     
  3. tadhussey

    tadhussey LawnSite Senior Member
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    You ratio will be determined in part by the quality of your tea. I typically recommend 4:1 or 5:1 for most applications (water:tea), however you really need to look at tea itself to determine an appropriate rate, along with what you're trying to accomplish with the tea. If it's for disease suppression, I'd suggest a lower rate. When we spray, we also use a 1:1 ratio because we have a 250 gal. brewer and are able to make a lot of tea at one time. We typically add soluble seaweed and humic acids right before spraying, so as to do all of our sprayer applications in one go.

    ~Tad
     

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