has any one tried composted horse manure?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by northwest lawn, Sep 26, 2005.

  1. northwest lawn

    northwest lawn LawnSite Member
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    my brothers girlfriend has a horse farm and they take the manure and let redworms decompose it. then they sell it for gardening purposes. does any one know how this would affect the lawn and how much do put down per 1,000sq ft
     
  2. northwest lawn

    northwest lawn LawnSite Member
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    come on guys? any replies will help
     
  3. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    horse manure is filled with seeds even after decomposing. I would never use it for a lawn, all that you would end up with is a weed field
    BTW-- your brothers girlfriend found a good way to get rid of it. around here it gets piled up and you have to pay to have it hauled away
     
  4. northwest lawn

    northwest lawn LawnSite Member
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    mac,
    thanx for the reply i was afraid to use it because of it burning the lawn, i guess they sell a ton of it to people to use as garden fert. as well as lawns so you answered my question. thanx
     
  5. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It's fine for vegetable gardens and such, but as Mac said, it contains too many weed seeds and such for use on much else.

    It can be composted and used after proper temperature is reached to kill off the seeds, but that requires constant turning and rotation to achieve.
     
  6. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
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    I was just about to ask the same question! I live in Northern Ontario and a friend of mine also has a horse farm and has enough "crap" for about thirty truck loads. It seems like a waste to not use it.Where would you look for proper composting?
     
  7. northwest lawn

    northwest lawn LawnSite Member
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    turns out after i talked to her uncle what he does is puts it into a bin and lets redworms decompose it and the final product is worm castings....he also said that one of the golf courses used it on their boxed tees and the couldnt keep up with mowing thats how good this stuff is.. he also said he did some expirements of his own and found out that seeds start 65% faster in the castings than any other soil. i purchased five bags and am gonna try it out hopefully it will work
     
  8. cenlo

    cenlo LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let me know the results. Also, how much per bag does he sell it for, and how big?
     
  9. northwest lawn

    northwest lawn LawnSite Member
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    for a fifty pound grain bag filled he charged me ten bucks if i went bulk it would be $150.00 yard which is alot cheaper he says one yard proly weihgs around a ton and a half ill def. let u know on the results.
     
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    $150/yd is some pretty expensive stuff.
     

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