The other day I watched an episode of Magnum P.I., a television series
that ran in the very early 80s. Magnum P.I. was based in Hawaii. Not
to get into any specifics but in this episode Higgens had ordered a
pallet of dried manure to place on the lawn to increase nitrogen (as he
claimed in the show). At the end of the show they show him shoveling
this manure and throwing it right onto the lawn.
Does anyone do this and is this better than the standard weed and feed
that you get at the local big box store? I'm a bit curious as to the
properties of manure since I'm thinking of experimenting with it as part
of my soil mixture in my container garden this year but I don't want to
add too much.
I've used old SM for ages, when I ran my lawn service I'd give lawns a good
dose of it, mind you, not coving the grass totaly, but a good amount and
then a good soaking of water. Some lawns where the soil was all but used up
would come back to life with a nice lawn starting up again. Now out here in
the desert where I live, I use it to feed my Iris and my I.Canna and just
about anything else I grow.
What's funny about that show, you can only get steer at the big box stores
(Eagle hardware,etc.) because the pineapple companys have all rights to that
SM that comes from the island based farms. So what people buy over there
comes from the mainland.
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I tried this ONCE. Never again. I used "mushroom compost" which is
rotted horse manure used to grow mushrooms. I introduced a lot of
weeds into my lawn that took two years to eradicate. Processed
palletized manure is great, if you can find it. I used palletized
chicken manure on my lawn with excellent results, but I can not find
it for sale anymore. I do use Milorganite (processed sewage) on my
I hear there are some health concerns with Milorganite. It is human fecal
I think it is banned in some states. I never bought the stuff, but I
sellers refuse to list on the bag exactly where this material comes from.
I think the reason it is banned in some states is because the concentration
of heavy metals (cadmium) and so forth, is too high for any fertilizer that
might be used for growing vegetables or fruit. Sewage treatment plants are
not set up to separate out the heavy metals which are part of the modern
industrial world - many of which are toxic if they reach the food supply.
Otherwise, treated human waste should be no more dangerous than any other
animal waste.( Not something that you'd spread with your bare hands and then
cook dinner without washing, I hasten to add.......lol.)Untreated human
waste, on the other hand, could transmit various kinds of bacteria,
parasites, and viruses, including hepatitis, amoebas, etc.
You can be proud of your contribution, but Milwaukee occasionally dumps their
raw untreated sewage into Lake Michigan. I fish and boat out of Racine
just south of Milwuakee, so I'm not happy with your donation.
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