Composted horse manure can also be used in the garden any time of the year. Simply toss it over the garden area and work it into the soil.
How long does it take to compost horse manure?
Manure that is piled and left alone will decompose slowly. This can take three to four months if conditions are ideal. It can take a year or more if the starting material contains a wide carbon:nitrogen ratio (as is the case when manure contains wood chips).
When can I put horse manure on my garden?
Apply nutrients in the spring just before growth starts. Avoid using manures and fertilisers in late summer or autumn where they may be lost over winter and pollute water bodies.
Where can I get free horse manure?
Phone the Jockey Clubs in your area to find out which racecourses or trainers might have free manure available. You can also try smaller scale horse breeders many of whom are often happy to allow you to collect manure at no cost.
What manure is best for vegetable gardening?
Ideally, the best manure for gardens is probably chicken, since it has a very high content of nitrogen, a need all plants have, but it must be composted well and aged to prevent burning plants. Chicken manure is a rich source of nutrients and is best applied in fall or spring after it has had a chance to compost.
Can you put horse manure in your compost bin?
Manure is from horses usually contains viable weed seeds, to avoid the seeds surviving the composting process hot composting of horse manure is recommended. If cool composting must be used the ground where the compost is spread may need additional hoeing. Horse manure composts easily, provided it does not dry out.
Is horse manure better than cow manure?
Horse manure is about half as rich as chicken manure, but richer in nitrogen than cow manure. And, like chicken droppings, it’s considered “hot”. Horse manure often contains a lot of weed seeds, which means it’s a good idea to compost it using a hot composting method.
Is horse manure and wood shavings good for soil?
Horse manure contains fertilizer nutrients that can pollute the environment if the manure is mis- handled. Wood shavings and sawdust bedding can rob soil nitrogen. Follow the “nitrogen enhancement system” or compost these materials before applying them to the soil.
What should I do with my horse manure?
You can use manure onsite by spreading it as a fertilizer on an open area, pasture or field. You can also haul manure offsite for fertilizing or composting. Use caution when spreading manure on pastures grazed by horses. Don’t spread manure on pastures if there are more than 1 horse per 2 acres.
How much manure do I add to soil?
If you are using organic fertilizer such as barnyard manure, spread it evenly over the garden and work it into the soil. Use 20 to 30 pounds of manure for every 100 square feet of garden. Do not use too much. Do not use fresh manure because it can injure plants.