Applying compost tea is the most effective way to quickly transition to a safe, healthy and self-sustaining lawn.
What is compost tea?
- Compost tea is compost that has “steeped” in room temperature water.
- This process grows populations of beneficial microorganisms and suspends nutrients in water so that they are immediately available to the grass.
The many benefits
- Immediately greens up the lawn.
- Improves soil health.
- Protects against insects and disease.
- Can be applied as often as you like without harming the grass or our water bodies.
- Best way to transition a lawn from conventional methods to a natural system.
When can you apply it?
- Apply at least three times per year, early spring through late fall.
- You do not need to consult your soil test results to apply compost tea. You can not damage your soil or your grass with fresh compost tea.
Hire a lawn care professional
- More and more professionals are using compost tea.
- Some offer high quality brews tailored to your soil’s needs.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mesh bag or stocking
- High quality compost
- 5 gallon bucket
- Aquarium pump & tube
- Garden hose & sprayer
You can buy a kit from the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Call (207) 892-4700.
Easy to Make
- Fill the mesh bag with high quality compost.
- Nearly fill the 5 gallon bucket with water. (If on town water, let water sit for 24 hours so that the chlorine evaporates.)
- Sink the mesh bag of compost into the bucket of water.
- Place tube in water, feed through cover and attach to pump. Turn on the pump.
- Brew for 24-36 hours. Aeration will brew the tea.
- Add a heaping tablespoon of molasses 2 hours before applying.
Easy to Apply
- You’ll need 1 quart of tea per 1,000 square feet of lawn, diluted with water.
- Sink siphon into bucket and attach to outdoor faucet. Attach garden hose to siphon and spray.
- Use extra compost tea on shrubs, flowerbeds and vegetable gardens.
Credit: Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District.
Learn more at: http://cumberlandswcd.org/site/yardscape-2/