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Compost tea vs. yard waste compost

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by starry night, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,192

    OK folks. I have been waiting for a few days for an answer to this question from the ICT website and have not received one. So I will offer it here.
    Does compost tea replace use of solid compost such as yard waste compost?
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Messages: 2,636

    my vote is nope
  3. tadhussey

    tadhussey LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    This coming from a tea manufacturer, and I'd still have to say "No." Compost tea allows for increased portability, the ability to get a lot of microbes out of a relatively small amount of compost, less labor costs, and finally also allows for application directly to the leaf surface of the plant (no point in doing this with ICT, extraction, or other inactive forms of biology).

    Compost offers a habitat for the little guys, increases your organic matter, and adds nutrients/minerals.

    Compost tea will work much faster, but compost will provide long term benefits.
  4. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,192

    That's two for solid compost. The polls are still open.
  5. Tim Wilson

    Tim Wilson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

  6. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,054

    Compost rules! There is nothing that can replace good compost. However, it may not be practical for every instance including many business models. Compost used in conjunction with teas are a great way to go.
  7. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    CT would be too many microbes for the habitat in which they can ALL survive long term. They eat what they can, then their dead bodies serve as a good fertilizer.

    I agree with Barry in that both would provide short term and long term benefits.

    Also agree with Tim. CT would be better than too little compost, or none at all.
  8. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 18,334

    If your purpose is an easy soil microbial inoculation, then tea ... otherwise compost.
    There is no replacement for soil organic matter, and compost is the best source of that for landscapes.
  9. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,192

    For me getting started it boils down to this: I can afford to wheelbarrow and cast compost on lawns up to about 10,000 sq ft. Larger than that I don't think I can do economically without a topdresser which don't have. Therefore, spraying compost tea would be quicker. Comments?
  10. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,115

    this is also coming from a tea manufacturer and I say NO also

    You need the organic matter to feed the herd

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