Leaf Compost

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Pistol, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. Pistol

    Pistol LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    To all of the compost experts, is a compost made entirely of leaf material a suitable product for top dressing? I am having a hard time finding a certified source - I found one - about an hour away @ $25/yd. Local leaf compost is $19/yd.

    Thanks, Pistol
     
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Go local. Leaf compost is OM broken down from many different environments and from nutrients grabbed from deep in the soil. Anything composts into something useful. Even cow manure...
     
  3. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    What about humans? ;)
     
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Fine... Just be sure to buy locally, for the economic situation. :)
     
  5. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    haha deal.
     
  6. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,643

    I just looked at the local municipal compost made from leaves. It has no fungal activity, but decent bacterial counts if you're one of those "Lawns are bacterial, trees are fungal" types of people. And at $10 bucks a yard you can't beat it. Use the local source!
     
  7. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
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    Should not matter if the compost is fungal or bacterial. Unless your site is biologically dead (highly unlikely), the local microflora will use what is applied.
     
  8. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 795

    OR

    unless you are using the compost to make compost tea with fungi in it (as something important to the user)
     
  9. Pistol

    Pistol LawnSite Member
    Posts: 190

    Thanks to everyone - I will be using the local leaf compost mixed with some worm poo.

    Thanks again, Pistol
     
  10. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,643

    Thanks Tim....
     

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