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Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by hollywoodjoe, Feb 16, 2007.
Is there a cheaper alternative?
Probably everything. The high N content of manure will burn your new grass as it pops out of the seed. o I would do anything but manure.
Stay far away from pure manure. It will burn your grass as stated above. I live on a horse farm and we won't spread the fresh stuff in the fields.
Then why do they make manure spreaders?
To spread manure in dormant fields so they can add N to the soil. Not when you have a new crop.
Try a well decomposed compost or an organic (dark, lightweight) soil for topdressing.
If the manure is old (6+ months) It should be ok, Definitly not fresh though.
They make manure spreaders for Farmers...not lawns...How are you going to explain to your customer that you are spreading cow dung on a lawn their kids play on...Do yourself a favor and use quality compost or a top dressing suited to what you want to do. Top Dressing on Quality turf is not the same as spreading manure on a pasture of field.
I seen a few people use manure and there jobs turned out crappy within a few months of installing the manure weeds were everywhere, I have never used it but my father used to use it in his mushroom farms
The Manure has to be aged min 1 year...if not 2 years..anything less is just full of seeds and way too high In "N".
But yes I have used it for top dressing on lawns (large propertys) with a very small spreader and a Atv...Worked great