manure as a topper for reseeding ?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by hollywoodjoe, Feb 16, 2007.

  1. hollywoodjoe

    hollywoodjoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 31

    Is there a cheaper alternative?
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    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.
  3. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    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.
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Then why do they make manure spreaders?
  5. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    To spread manure in dormant fields so they can add N to the soil. Not when you have a new crop.
  6. PSUturf

    PSUturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 663

    Try a well decomposed compost or an organic (dark, lightweight) soil for topdressing.
  7. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 716

    If the manure is old (6+ months) It should be ok, Definitly not fresh though.
  8. turfcobob

    turfcobob LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    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.
  9. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,512

    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
  10. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,307

    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

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