How do you know if the tea is any good?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by lrodptl, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. lrodptl

    lrodptl LawnSite Member
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    Tim,that's about as simple as I could hope for. Using my setup,it seems to still smell like the fish hydro after 48 hours.
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    It is unfortunate that Harvard presented tea brewing it so simply.

    It sounds like you are doing a lot of good things and the biggest problem is due to heavy usage. Are you able to discontinue use long enough to allow KBG to develop mature roots & rhizomes? I prefer to use a mix of tall turf type Fescue, rye and KGB.
  3. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have been having great success using only 2.38% [vermi]compost and 0.50% black strap molasses.

    I would not use much more than 0.06% fish hydrolysate and do not use humic acid in ACT. Use it separately.

    All of the following were made with the simple recipe above.
  4. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Excellent work Tim!
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Absolutely!!! It's not like a paint job... Oil or Acrylic... :)
  6. Lawn132012

    Lawn132012 LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 175

    Got to watch out for that tea. If bad compost it will actually harm the lawn. Had a long conversation with a guy from SumaGreen Turf on this one. I am very happy with the trials I am getting with their Turf product and the cost is very good per application (30 cents).

    We had a good conversation about the compost tea and their product is microbes but they also won an award from Popular Science with their product last year for best green technology. I tried it out on new seeds comparing it to what I have used and the difference is easy to see what was better. Honestly at the cost I was happy if it performed the same as what I was using. Not only did it outperform it is used with no fertilizer which is a cost savings of its own but more importantly for us no law restrictions or licensing to use the product.
  7. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408


    Did you ever figure out why your grass wasn't growing with compost tea?

    Did you send a sample to get checked out? Curious if you found anything to improve your process.

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