my landlord offered to bring some horse manure so I can use in the flower
beds and the bare spots in the lawn.
Is it ok to use horse manure instead of cow manure? How should I mix it (if
necessary at all) and when should I do it (fall or early spring)?
Horse manure is best hot composted--while it has fertilizer value, Due to the
horses diet and digestive system the manure may contain some or a lot of viable
seed which can sprout as weeds in your garden. Hot composting will destroy most
of the seeds
I've used mushroom compost which most of it is composted horse manure.
When it was delivered on my driveway, it was hot and steamy. I
regretted putting it on my lawn as the following year I got all kinds
of strange weeds, some were a lot of work to remove. I use processed
fertilizers such as Milorganite or pellitized chicken manure which has
no weed seeds and it is easy to apply with a broadcast spreader. Put
your fresh manure in 3 or 4-foot diameter wire bins and allow it to
rot for 6 months, turning it every 2 months.
On Fri, 29 Aug 2003 08:59:49 -0400, "Faye Tarzwell"
stuff--grass clippings vegetable garbage anything organic that is vegetable in
nature-then more manure then more stuff etc The fermentation will make the pile
hot--go to the web and look up composting to learn how to manage your copmpost
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