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Greener Grass

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There was a depression in the ground where the soil had settled along the area where, 2-years ago, we had a water line buried in a trench deep enough to get below the frost line. Since we have a never-ending supply of composting manure, I have often taken to using it as fill around the property, so it was only natural that I did so in that spot to level the ground just above the larger paddock.

DSCN3981eThen I planted some grass seed.

Take a look at how green the grass is in the area I filled.

Next test will be to spread manure in the area of older grass to see if it responds similarly. It certainly has inspired me to look into spreading some in our hay-field. It’s why we are composting it, after all!

For now, it has just been a lot simpler to use it as fill. To spread it on the big field will require my borrowing a manure spreader from George and filling it with the loader bucket on my tractor. It’s not an impossible feat, but it does take things to another level.

Small loads by pitch fork in the ATV trailer just happens to be easier to pull off in a moments notice.

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Written by johnwhays

September 23, 2015 at 6:00 am

Posted in Chronicle

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  1. Just thinking about your manure spreader idea: here you pile up the manure in piles in a regular fashion around your field then till it in. As to adding seed, normally the horse manure contains uneaten seed that will appear as nature intended it… to supply future feed for the horses. In short, there should be no need to add seed to it. In fact, if you do, you will likely deplete the fertility of the earth disproportionately – my experience.

    Ian Rowcliffe

    September 23, 2015 at 7:10 am

    • Most of the grass our horses have been grazing is too young to have gone to seed, which probably explains why so little grass seems to sprout in the areas I have filled with our manure.

      johnwhays

      September 24, 2015 at 9:44 am


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