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A Quick and Dirty Guide to Using Manure on Your Yard

25 September 2018
Kevin Hartley

Every homeowner wants a lush, green lawn that looks great and is thick and soft enough to walk around barefoot on, and fertilizers are a great way to improve the quality of your grass. But applying too much or the wrong kind can actually be detrimental to your yard. If you want to have a lawn that will be beautiful all spring, summer, and fall, you need to apply at the right time, at the right levels, and with the right kind of manure. This will be a wonderful way to up your home value, as curb appeal will be a key pointin selling a home.

When to Spread

Some homeowners think that spreading manure multiple times during the summer is the best trick to having a healthy lawn. But spreading this often is not necessary and may even be detrimental.Nitrogen is one of the critical componentsto helping your lawn grow thick and verdant, but too much can actually cause problems like burnout or pest problems. For the best results, apply in fall just before the ground has gone hard from the cold.

Potential Problems

Spreading manure can have advantages when done correctly, but if you spread too much or the wrong kind, this can also cause problems, somake sure to use the right kind of manure.Many types of animals receive foods that are high in sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphate, and chloride — essential ingredients for creating a good fertilizer. But some of these of foods that are fed to the animals might be too high in a certain nutrient and cause problems.

You might have other problems as well, such as disease, stress in cold and hot weather, moisture stress, increased thatching, and it can also increase how often you need to mow. Grass that is very thick retains more moisture, and while this might seem like a good thing, it can also cause mold spots in your yard. The excess moisture to thatching which is what happens when there is a dense layer of roots, shoots, and dead grass near the surface of the ground. Finally, when your grass is given a lot of fertilizer, it will also grow more quickly. This means that you will have to mow more often.

Which Manure to Spread

Cow manure is high in nitrogen. While nitrogen helps grow grass, too much can be detrimental to your lawn. Besides the above potential problems, if you put too much cow manure on your lawn, it can also burn out certain areas because too much nitrogen kills grass. So if you go with cow manure, be careful about the percentage of nitrogen in the manure. Another option is to create a compost at home (which is rather environmentally-friendly).

If you're going to apply manure orsome other kind of fertilizeron your lawn, try just one application the first year. If you find that what you've chosen is giving you the results you want, you can give two applications in the second year. But be wary of applying too much nitrogen on your lawn in any given year because more is not always better when it comes to nitrogen.

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Kevin Hartley, Broker is a Toronto based real estate Broker with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate | Signature Service, Brokerage. @Home is his lifestyle blog, an expression of his passion for home keeping though MAKING (Recipes), DOING (DIY), BEING (Health/Wellness) and DWELLING (Home Ownership, Sales & Maintenance).  Content not intended to solicit clients under contract.

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