Why does Compost Tea need multiple apps per year

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by mikesturf, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    I understand when using synthetic fertilizer you need to make multiple applications per year because the product becomes used up.

    Since the microbes in Compost Tea are alive, after one or several applications wouldn't they naturally reproduce in the soil and hopefully maintain a constant level, thus needing less and less, then virtually no more CT applications?

    Just trying to gain some knowledge.
     
  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
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    They do need a food source. If you put down a compost application(not tea) they can easily colonize the soil.
     
  3. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks, that makes sense.

    Would the microbe population greatly decrease during a drought?
     
  4. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,232

    They will become inactive but will still be there.
     

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