[nafex] Re:manure sublimation

edforest55 at hotmail.com edforest55 at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 27 11:26:11 EST 2001

I have found horse manure to be a fantastic ammendment especially 
where soil is poor, I do cover it with a thin layer of sawdust though 
when used to get a newly planted tree going. I have poor sandy soil in 
northern WI and it makes a huge difference. 
It is my opinion (and I believe Lucky agrees) that you don't have to 
be too concerned about burning the plants or causeing any damege even 
when mixed into the top two inches of the soil around benchgrafts, as 
long as there are roots 3, 4 and 5 inches down that aren't exposed to 
the fresh manure.
In the nursery I mix it in with the dirt in the bed and the results 
are fast green healthy growth. Of course we all know that nitrogen can 
delay hardening off so unless the trees are solidly hardy in your area 
its probly best applied in the fall.  
I do believe that at least horse manure is high in N. I conclude this 
from year of observing the healthy green growth and large leaves that 
are inevitable the result. But I haave tried manure that was a mix of 
sheep/goat/llama that didn't seem to do much. I think it might have 
been mixed with too much sawdust or something though.
When horse manure is mixed with the sawdust, forget it, for some time 
at least.
Kevin B

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