Horse Manure - Knowledgebase Question

Northport, NY
Question by rrover
April 12, 2000
Is it ok to dump (and leave to rot) a large load of fresh horse manure near roots of trees/shrubs (rhododendrons, etc)?

Answer from NGA
April 12, 2000


Horse manure is considered "hot" and as such should be allowed to compost or age prior to use near plant roots. Shallow rooted plants such as rhododendrons would be particularly sensitive to it if used fresh. If you can mix it with some bedding material or other source of carbon such as fallen leaves, it will make a great compost.

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