Pics of my last compost topdress

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by DeepGreenLawn, Jul 18, 2008.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes, compost can break down completely in short periods of time. Need mineral soil to stablize the soil level.
     
  2. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey there Deep...I think If your going to be doing larger lawns,You need the gear...like you said your self....It's a ton of hard work raking In that compost....Its ok for the rinky dinky lawns to spread a wheel barrel or 2 on, But As you now know when you get to the 2000' + lawns It way too much work. A skid steer could be your best friend on a day like that...You can use a pull behind dreeser like what loyd builds ,But Make it big enough that you can take a load from a skid steer.
    Cheers
     
  3. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Pull the compost spreader with a ATV, and load with a skid steer
     
  4. ecoguy

    ecoguy LawnSite Member
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    Hey Deep Green. Why not switch to Compost tea? Much easier to apply and the impact on the lawn is felt quicker.
     
  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    We had that discussion on here before about compost vs. tea. I don't know how to post links but the title of the thread was, in fact, "compost vs. compost tea."
     
  6. ecoguy

    ecoguy LawnSite Member
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    Thanks D&H. I'll look for it.
     
  7. foreplease

    foreplease LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have been using search feature to read about various sources of compost rather than ask things that have already been well discussed. Information here and a few other threads has been helpful and interesting.

    That said, upside down rakes are one of my biggest pet peeves. I will not work with anyone who leaves a rake upside down (5th photo) more than once. Ditto for leaning one against a wall head down teeth facing out.
     
  8. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    I am wondering if a regular push spreader could be modified to spread compost. Suppose you cut a circular hole about 2 inches in diameter in place of the usual center hole. Would that be big enough to pass a well-screened compost? Could you replace the big hole with a plate with the usual hole size held in with three screws--when you needed to use the spreader for ordinary fertilizer?
    Same idea for a ride-on spreader.
     
  9. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yes I have wondered that myself. There is a Bigfoot High Volume spreader.

    We have EKO compost here and the leading bark blowing Co. will blow it out. On of my aeration clients had it done and I was not very impressed with the results. Uneven application and far too much wood product in there for a lawn. EKO does make a lawn top dressing formula with far less wood in it but it's not available in bulk that I know of.
     
  10. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah I have heard a woody based compost is cheap to make but not of any real help to lawns. Same with peat based.
     

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