Growing Grass With Horse Manure

Overview

One of the ways a homeowner can grow lush green grass on their lawn is to use a fertilizer. Fertilizers contain extra nutrients the soil needs to help vegetation grow healthy and more quickly. One fertilizer homeowners may not have thought about using is horse manure. The manure can be made into a "compost tea," then applied to the lawn.

Step 1

Set your manure in a pile in the sun. You want the manure to remain in this pile until it gets hot enough that a temperature reading comes back at 130 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature needed to kill E. coli and other bacteria. You can use a meat thermometer to take the temperature.

Step 2

Place the manure into pillow cases and toss them in the 55-gallon barrel.

Step 3

Fill the barrel with water and allow it to sit in the sun for one to three weeks. When you come back, the water will be the color of tea. This is where the term "compost tea" comes from.

Step 4

Remove the pillow cases and pour the liquid fertilizer into a garden sprayer.

Step 5

Spray your lawn evenly with this solution. It helps if you start at the back of your property and work your way to the front. Consistently move from one side to the other. This ensures you will not miss a spot.

Tips and Warnings

  • As you might imagine, manure tea smells horrible. You may want to wear a mask.

Things You'll Need

  • 10 gallons of horse manure
  • Meat thermometer
  • Pillow cases
  • 55-gallon barrel
  • Water

References

  • I Love India: Homemade Lawn Fertilizers
  • Rittenhouse: Manure Tea
Keywords: horse manure, growing grass, homemade manure fertilizer

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