Cutting your mulch

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by grassyfras, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
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    Got it. Yeah if I could get bagged (and therefore dry) compost it would be a different story. Unfortunately I only use bulk.....and it’s pretty much guaranteed to have a high moisture content.

    Have you ever tried a walk behind spreader? Possibly one designed for spreading winter salt? I always thought that might work well if I had access to a good dry, uniform compost.
     
  2. BigJlittleC

    BigJlittleC LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm lucky enough to have multiple local sources for bagged and bulk compost.

    I have not tried a spreader.
     
  3. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Fanatic
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  4. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    There must be a method invented by someone. Need creativity.
    Suppose you cut a big hole in your old spreader--say two inches diameter. (Use hole saw.) Cover the hole with duct tape or a piece of plastic held with three screws during the fertilizer season.
    Or invent a drop spreader with large holes for towing behind your mower or tractor.
     
  5. RedSox4Life

    RedSox4Life LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I guess an issue with a wall behind spreader would be capacity. I typically topdress with about one yard per k ft. That would be quite a bit of refilling the hopper.
     
  6. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Heres what it looks like. The oldest stuff has been in there for 6 weeks. Nothing added for 2 weeks. Ive turned it 4-5 times. Im thinking Im just wasting diesiel if I keep turning it as much as I do.

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  7. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
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    Keep in mind that a ratio of about 30 parts carbon to 1 part nitrogen is needed for rapid production of compost. This means you need to add about 25 percent grass clippings. Or you can add --I would estimate--say about 1 percent urea. The whole compost process works better if the leaves are chopped more finely. Naturally, it would spread better if the pieces were screened to less than a half-inch in diameter. If it has gone through a leaf loader, or mulching blade, the pieces are smaller.
    You might want to try adding a compost starter, bacteria and fungi mix that you can purchase. May not work--but its worth a try.
    https://www.espoma.com/product/compost-starter/

    The picture looks like there might be a few full size leaves still in the compost. Your idea of a wheelbarrow and blower sounds like it would work if you can mount it somehow on a bracket.
     
  8. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Lets say the pile is 100 yards. Do you think 1 bag or urea is enough? I think i can buy 42-0-0 for about $20.
     
  9. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
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    and right at the new year buzzer maybe the best most important post of the year ! do away with hauling leaves out , whats best for earth and yard is to mulch em up .im gonna start using that slogan : MULCHIN , BEST FOR EARTH & YARD !
     
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  10. phasthound

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