worm castings?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by nc-jrock, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. nc-jrock

    nc-jrock LawnSite Member
    from NC
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    Anyone ever used worm castings as a top dessing for lawns? Or tea from worm castings?

    Pros, cons?

    Thanks
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Yes!! an enthusiastic yes. great stuff for both applications, I also use it at 5% to 10% in my potting mix for potting flowers and veggies

    I have a compost pile in the back yard that gets fed veggie scraps non stop all year, that stuff rocks. if you are looking for pallet or truck load quantities talk to Barry Draycott over at techterraorganics.com he has some very good sources. I used 3 bags that he sold me last year and had great results as a soil amendment
     
  3. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    I agree, worm casts are some of the best topdressing materials you can get.
    ICT Bill - i am just curious - How much is a pallet of worm castings?
     
  4. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You would have to ask Barry I really have no idea
     
  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You'll have to PM me.
     
  6. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    from Raleigh
    Posts: 520

    best stuff ever.

    I use it in my CT. Too spendy for topdressing for me, however. I think I paid $5 a pound last time I bought some.
     
  7. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Ouch!!! That had to hurt.
     
  8. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. jonthepain

    jonthepain LawnSite Senior Member
    from Raleigh
    Posts: 520

    It's been a while, but I remember I paid $25 for a bag of the stuff at the worm farm. It must have been a 25 pound bag.
     
  10. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Thatch and grass mulch can become worm castings right where they sit.

    Worm castings are basically intant food for plants, aren't they?

    Is its form of N fairly stable in the soil? Or do you put on only enough that will likely be used by the plants, right now?
    I mean if it sits too long on the ground w/out being used, is it wasted?
     

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