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compost slurry?

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by ParadiseLS, Feb 10, 2011.

  1. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    you bring up a good point what are you trying to do with the extract, many of the "masters" are trying to establish the higher level predators in their teas, these are the ones that eat others that release the nutrients

    I know many that throw compost in a pale of water, leave it for several days and stir it whenever they happen to go by the bucket and do just fine, it is a scaling issue really, I do fine with a 5 gallon bucket in my back yard, if I was trying to service 40 or 400 or 4000 clients it would be much different and I would be looking for a completely different outcome

    I think you will be fine, actually the plants will tell you in a matter of time
  2. ParadiseLS

    ParadiseLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    i'm also thinking that with a smaller tank, comes a less powerful engine and that will help me keep the centrifugal pump from destroying microbes as they are mixed into the water and later pumped into the hose. i am under the impression that diaphragm pumps are least harmful to microbes, and centrifugal pumps could potentially be damaging.

    if i'm not preserving the microbes, i'd rather just put down dehydrated granular compost with some mixed in dry molasses into the lawn, using a broadcast spreader, as that would be more effective for turf improvement.

    my plan right now is to go ahead and put down two apps of granular compost in early april and then again 8 weeks later, with apps of compost tea, one in between in may and two more in august and october. plus an aeration + leaf mulching + microbe foods combo in late october/early november.

    if i can't be confident in the compost tea, then i will adapt with a third granular app in august and maybe try to puch the aerate+mulch+foods deal for early oct AND early november. unfortunately, putting down tonnes of granular compost is not going to give me the same margin or scalability.
  3. Snapper12

    Snapper12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from CE MO
    Messages: 259

    How is this working out for you?
  4. ParadiseLS

    ParadiseLS LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I bought a microbulator instead.............still would love to give it a try. maybe i'll buy a hydroseeder as my next sprayer and run some tests.
  5. tnmtn

    tnmtn LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE Tn.
    Messages: 1,022

    wouldn't 1 1/2 yards be a little much for 1000 gals? in my 300 gal hydroseeder i couldn't imagine using more than 150# of screened compost.
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I still can't see why putting down 1.5 yards of dry compost and turning on the irrigation or sprinkler wouldn't be a better environment for 'slurry' with a lot less work... :confused:
  7. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 846


    These guys used to do a few municipal properties in Ontario. Im not sure what they are up to now.

    They were strictly Organic (per say) a few years back but ended up falling back on Weed Control Products.

    It still is very interesting stuff.

    The people that sold you the Microbulator have posted here that lawns are a waste of time, by the way.
  8. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    Please provide a quote. I have said I do not have any experience with lawns and that I believe in indigenous vegetation over lawns but do not believe I stated what you say.
  9. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,138

    I have brewed AACT with a Microbulator as part of our organic & transitional lawn care programs. We have seen an increase in turf health, reduced irrigation needs, and less disease problems.
  10. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 846

    Tim, I will not debate this with you after this posting. You reply will go unanswered.

    You didn't say lawns are a Waste of time

    I should have worded it like this:

    The people that sold you the Microbulator have posted here that lawns are silly, by the way.

    Here is the actual quote since you asked:

    Originally Posted by OrganicsMaine
    I am all for getting rid of all of the bad crap that everyone is putting down on their lawns. However, if we try to force feed everyone and stamp our feet and have a hissy fit when people request a nice thick weed free(almost??) lawn, then we will get nowhere, and they will turn to the chem lawns of the world and we all know how that will go.

    Plus, then we aren't making much of a living either, which, last I checked is a primary reason for being in any business.

    It is on "us" to perfect the organic approach, and even blend it with a synthetic approach if necessary, to give the customer what they want. It is a free country and they are allowed to have a lush green lawn. Again, we in America believe in personal freedoms, so lets keep the personal freedoms, but lets make it so that it is an easy decision to choose organics.
    End Quote:

    Tim Wilson Replies:

    raaalph! The land of freedom allows a lush green lawn?

    I don't think a guy from Ontario would buy a Microbulator if he knew he would not be able to address the weeds in his customers lawns and that he should embrass them instead.

    I would like to know why ParadiseLS bought this product.
    I also agree with OrganisMaines comment.

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