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Composting process with addition to other "Organics"

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by BlazersandWildcats2009, Sep 26, 2013.

  1. BlazersandWildcats2009

    BlazersandWildcats2009 LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Messages: 197

    I've seen multiple discussions related to "Organic" products lately, so I wanted to start a discussion on a two organic products so I can further my knowledge and understand the breakdown.

    Compost is known for adding beneficial micro's to the soil. Along with worm castings, etc.

    However, Molasses is also known for feeding the micro's.

    I would like to hear the break down of why or why not to adding Molasses at the same time as Composting versus composting without Molasses.

    Anyone have some knowledge to share?
  2. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,149

    I'm not aware of anyone adding molasses when composting, but maybe they are. Molasses is somewhat of a super food for bacteria, but not for fungi. In most cases, a bacteria dominated soil will favor annual plants, a 1/1 ratio of bacteria to fungi favors turf, 1/100 favors deciduous trees and 1/1000 is good for coniferous trees.

    I'm not sure, but I think adding molasses to compost might be detrimental as it would greatly increase the bacteria count until they run out of food and die, creating an anaerobic compost which may not be desired.

    It is easier to make bacteria dominated compost than growing fungi in compost.

    Here's some good info on the soil food web. http://urbanext.illinois.edu/soil/SoilBiology/fw&soilhealth.htm
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2013

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