Compost and manure is hardly extreme. Compost and manure has been used on
lawns, farms and gardens long before fertilizers. In fact it's the original
fertilizer. Please do some reading before you make more statements that
shows your obvious lack of knowledge
What's not practical is using chemical fertilizers. A manure spreader is as
easy to use as your broadcaster. Or just broadcast it with a shovel.
I had a yard just about as big as yours last year. 1/4 acre lot. It wasn't
that hard to apply. I spread about 30 40lb bags of dillo dirt mixed with
composted manure. I used a flat nose shovel.
I just moved to my much smaller yard and only used 10 bags of just dillo
dirt. The results were amazing. The yard was in pretty bad shape when we
bought the house last October.
They\ guy at Lowes said to not use over 1/4" but I think you can use less
especially if you do a fall feeding. I like manure/compost much better than
fertilizer not only for environmental concerns. Manure/compost is like food
for your yard. Fertilizer is more like vitamins. It washes off too quickly.
Manure/compost gradually releases itself.
BTW: Besides watering and weeding this is all I do. My neighbors will
inevitably ask me what I use on my yard. :) The proof is in the pudding.
You should try it once and see how it goes. If it is too much work (it
isn't) look into natural fertilizers. Check with a nursery that specializes
in natural earth friendly products. Out here we are having severe problems
with the chemicals used in weed & feed, round up and other fertilizers
showing up in our ground water, lakes and streams. Please what ever you do
please don't use weed & feed or round up type products.
We all have our learning stages. I hope someday you take the time to look
into what I have suggested. Just remember, the commercials you see on TV are
propaganda and they are not telling you the whole truth. Facts are this
stuff is polluting our water.
We all have our part to do. Some day hopefully you'll come around.
I had wondered when someone was going to say that. =)
In the treehugger's defense, I think they meant, "as opposed to synthetic".
I did a little reading about this "dillo dirt" stuff. It comes from Austin,
and probably works pretty well, there. I'm not so sure it's the cure-all
for lawns everywhere. It's still best to have your soils tested, decide on
the species of grass you ultimately want to have growing in your lawn, and
fertilize accordingly, adding the nutrients in the rates specific to that
grass species, IMO.
Thinking about Art's interpretation of ythread's use of the word "natural",
I started searching comparisons between natural and synthetic fertilizers.
I even ran across one throwing "dillo dirt" into the mix. It was a pretty
good read, and even hails from Texas.
As a side-note, during my above searches, I never found anything to backup
the theory that "Scotts = Death". =)
A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
My point was that ythread seems to go along with the thinking that just
because something is "natural" it is good and if it's not natural it is
destroying the planet. I never quite bought into that. There's some
pretty toxic stuff in nature and some very beneficial and safe chemicals
too. But that goes both ways.
I once heard of a guy that was killed when a pallet load of fertilizer
was dropped on him. No doubt, it was Scotts.
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