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plant grass directly in composted cow manure?

Posted by mulchie 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 24, 10 at 9:57

Tricky problem. I've got a dead lawn with compacted soil over an existing sprinkler system (don't ask...). I have spread 1-2" of well composted cow manure over the worst area (about 700 sq ft) I can't really dig this in by hand. Can I plant grass seed directly on the surface layer of compost? Some grass is poking up, already benefitting from the manure. Much is just dead. I could also rototil in at about 1-2", but that seems lame and will leave me with a huge rake job after.
Help. I'm really stumped on this one and have a little vacation time to handle this.
thanks!


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RE: plant grass directly in composted cow manure?

If it is well aged, grass will grow on it. If it is pretty fresh, it might be too hot for a seedling.

Either way, I'm not a big fan of your plan. Compost will break down over time and your new lawn is going to drop up to 2" ? Either you are going to bury your sprinkler heads now or have them sticking up 2" down the road.


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RE: plant grass directly in composted cow manure?

Yes, it was fatigue from this morning's heave-ho talking there. I plan to dig it up (careful for the sprinkler) mix it all up, rake it flat.... and take it from there. Thanks.


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