Pelletized Compost

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by mtdman, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Has anyone ever used the Laurel Valley Soils Pelletized Compost? I am curious to hear what the results and experiences with this product have been. I have been talking with these people about using their product. Problem is, they don't have any distributors in the area. They are going to ship me a couple of bags I can test use, but if I wanted to use this stuff I'd have to buy a large quantity and/or go get the stuff myself from PA. I'm not real sure I could distribute a semi trailer full of this stuff, just to get enough for my usage. There doesn't seem to be any other dealers of this stuff anywhere around here, and this pelletized compost stuff seems to be a good alternative for top dressing when I aerate.

    Thanks!

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  2. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
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    Tom,
    I checked their website and the nearest dealer is below Phila. by the Delaware border. I was planning to visit them this winter. I know that doesn't help with the aerating/topdressing now. I'm real interested how it works also. I know this didn't answer your question but I'm waiting for the storm to move north. Matt
     
  3. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    He's got retail stores in Western PA though. His solution was me buying a semi truck full of the stuff, but I have no use for that. I'd like to get a garden supplier around here to carry the stuff for me! I've got a couple of project lawns that I think I'm going to use this stuff on and see how they turn out. The fellow I talked to seems to think that adding it after aeration is a big benefit, on par with actually topdressing. I dunno about that. All I know is top dressing equipment just hasn't come far enough for residentials, without a major expense output, for me to take up at this time. I'd like to start out with using something like this and work my way towards doing actual topdressing. If this pelletized stuff is any good.

    If anyone else has input, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks.

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  4. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Milorganite. $7 per 50#. Flows through your spreader. 6-2-0 analysis. Organic. What else could you ask for?
     
  5. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
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    Something that doesn't smell? It's not so much the chemical composition, as much as getting organic material into the soil to help rehab the lawn.
     
  6. Yard

    Yard LawnSite Member
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    Something without sewage sludge?
     
  7. CRUZMISL

    CRUZMISL LawnSite Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 186

    Ringer doesn't contain any sludge.
    It contains Hydrolyzed poultry feather meal, nitrate of soda, potassium sulfate, bone meal, and soybean meal.

    Joe
     
  8. Tscape

    Tscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,373

    I never found the smell of Milorganite to be that offensive. It's kind of like a spicy buritto. It is organic and will do what you want as far as rehabbing the lawn. Compare prices with Nature safe or any of the poultry derivitives. Those products are way too expensive for what they are. We use it on the greens and tees at work to get the necessary organic matter. I am a believer that any turf program should include some organic fertilizers as well as synthetic.

    I'll even give you a couple of bags to try on your own lawn, Tom.


    And using words like "sewage" and "sludge" to connote that the product is bad for some reason doesn't fly with me. Its like we are talking politics, where the connotation of the word is more important than the meaning.
     
  9. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Platinum Member
    from zone 6
    Posts: 4,119

    Alfalfa pellets 2.45-0.5-1.65 no smell, lots of OM, $5.70 per 50 lbs. can be applied with a modified spreader.
     
  10. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,697

    I've used Milorganite in the past, with favorable results,. However, I'm ceasing to use it until I get more info about possible heavy metal contamination that is associated with Milorganite.
     

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