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compost application rates

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Tim C., Sep 2, 2007.

  1. Tim C.

    Tim C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    I am woking on a bid for a local landfill, they are wanting to plant the side of hill with native plant material. The soil is clay based. Their consultant is requesting that we amend the soil with compost. I am trying to figure an application rate or how much square feet a ton will cover. We will be tilling it in. I am thinking I should apply it at least an inch thick?
  2. Dreams To Designs

    Dreams To Designs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,406

    2"-3" of compost tilled to a depth of 6"-10" is ideal for planting beds or turf, but any application of compost and tilled will bring big improvements to the soil. You can use the same equations you use for mulch when determining compost needed and application rates. In many locations compost is used as a very fine mulch.

  3. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,497

    If I'm topdressing a lawn or prior to sod, about 1yd per 1000SF. To ammend the soil for planting about 1yd per 250SF is a good application. I always use Leaf Gro.....composted leaves.

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