The Q&A Archives: Springtime Addition of Manure and Compost

Question: Can I spread dehydrated cow manure and compost onto the roots of my perennials directly, or should I mix first with top soil?

Answer: I'm not sure what you mean by dehydrated? Perhaps you mean decomposed? It's essential for manure to be well-aged and decomposed before adding to the soil, because it can burn roots quite easily. To improve your soil structure, it's best to dig any organic matter into the soil and mix it up first. You can also spread aged compost on top of the soil and as it decomposes further, it will very slowly add some nutrients to the soil. Hope this info helps!

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