A Compost Spreading Mess

If you have been to the Gardens lately for a stroll on these lovely autumnal days, you may have noticed a slightly dirty mess covering the turf and promenade. What is going on here?

Wellfield staff spread screened leaf compost every fall as a step in the fall turf maintenance plan. If you missed our Fall Turf Practices series last fall, click the following links to read more: Part 1: Core Aeration, Part 2: Compost Topdressing, Part 3: SeedingPart 4: Organic Granular Fertilizer, or Part 5: Compost Tea.

We work with a local company called Soil Solutions, who supplied the compost, and also kindly lent their tractor and Turf Tiger spreader to efficiently spread compost across large areas of turf.

The Turf Tiger is an excellent option as it can spread large and small aggregate material wet or dry, a unique feature among top dresser models. With the work completed, and a good rain in the forecast, the new organic matter will soon disappear into the soil to greatly benefit the grass.

 

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Josh Steffen, Horticulture and Facilities Manager