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Content Type:Q & A
Corporate Author(s):USGA Green Section
Title:Inexpensive fertilizing material
Section:Questions and answers
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Source:Turf Culture [I]. Vol. 1, No. 1, Spring 1938, p. 9-10.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:Washington, D.C: USGA Green Section
Question:I have recently been fortunate in obtaining a good supply of hen droppings from a neighbor close by the club for the cost of carting it away. To date I have worked them in the compost pile. I plan to spread the droppings on the fairways, let them dry, and then drag a mat by means of the tractor to work them in. Will there be any danger from a burn?
Source of Question:Massachusetts
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Animal manures; Composting; Recommendations
Answer/Response:The hen manure you have been mixing in your compost pile should give you a good grade of compost. Fresh hen droppings when applied to fairway turf are likely to burn if used in excess. By going over the fairways with a mat, as you suggest, it would be possible to break the material into finer particles, but you still might observe considerable burning. However, the grass would soon recover and you would get decided benefits from the manure. Probably you should make a trial of this material on a small scale until you have determined what is a safe amount that can be used. We suggest that you apply it only at times when the grass is thoroughly dry and during cool weather, especially in early spring. If you could run the material through a shredder, you no doubt could distribute the material with less likelihood of burning. However, the cost would be greater and, after all, the small amount of burning you may experience may not be objectionable. There is also the likelihood of objections to the feathers and other little on the course, but the final beneficial effect on the grass should offset the temporary inconvenience to the players.
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USGA Green Section. 1938. Inexpensive fertilizing material. Turf Culture [I]. 1(1):p. 9-10.
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