Mushroom soil

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by ripple, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. ripple

    ripple LawnSite Member
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    I got a delivery of mushroom soil (5oyds) last month....Lately I have noticed a strong smell coming from the pile....is this normal?
    Can I test it somehow to see whats going on with it?
    The smell is almost like methane...
     
  2. Craftybigdog

    Craftybigdog LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 425

    Yeah its normal and it stinks to high heaven!
     
  3. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just to let you know, topsoil (and compost) all have what they call maximum storage elevations, which basically dictates how high an actual pile can be. In other words, when the piles are two high, ares inside the pile become anarobic (lacks oxygen) and processes start happening. Anyway since you have mushroom soil it is very organic, and what you are smelling is more breakdown. Is it covered? does it get rained on? just like a compost pile you dont want muchroom compost staying wet, it should be moist, but not water logged. If it is outside in rain, you should turn it over to disperse the water, and to airate the pile
     
  4. dallen

    dallen LawnSite Member
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    I've just received a sample of mushroom soil, but have no idea of exactly what what it is or how it is to be used. Looks like compost with wood chips. Does anyone care to explain mushroom soil?
     

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