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Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 13, 2017 7:20 PM CST
My friend put way way to much manure in fresh raised flower beds and it burned her plants. Any ideas on how to neutralize this? TIA
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Jun 14, 2017 7:03 AM CST
We need more information.
Specifically what kind of manure was used?
Fresh? Aged?

Bought at store?
Picked up behind barn?
From her own livestock?

The reason these questions matter....
Different products cause different problems.

Chicken manure will indeed burn up the garden, and she will need to give the beds time...

Fresh horse poop on the other hand is usually mixed with wood shavings, and this doesn't burn, it often causes nitrogen depletion.... Different problem, but... Both stops the plants from growing....
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 14, 2017 9:41 AM CST
Type of manure, etc, as Stone said, does matter. Other part of problem, you answered : ( way to much ) :😬
Also : Did your friend add manure on top, or mix it in ???
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 14, 2017 5:15 PM CST
Got it from a farmer so it's cow. Fresh. Layered it dirt manure dirt manure like lasagna.
She says it's burned up everything.
Name: Paul
Utah (Zone 5b)
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Jun 14, 2017 5:24 PM CST
My suggestion would to work it in as much as possible and be generous with the water. One problem with cow is if they were in a corral is that the manure contains a lot of urine which are full of animal salts Thumbs down
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Jun 15, 2017 8:47 AM CST
An inch or so of fresh cow manure on top would have been sufficient.
Then a little more every 4 to 6 weeks. Make or add what shes got to mulch. In other words.... Start over. If raised bed is elevated. Get some beding soil delivered. Nursury can tell you what to use. You dont want regular dirt in an elevated bed.
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Name: Deb
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Jun 15, 2017 9:09 AM CST
She may also get a whole slew of grass growing as cows' main food is hay of some sort and the seeds pass through to the manure. If the manure is hot enough to burn her plants, however, it may also burn the grass seeds. Good lesson for her, wish her luck next season when the manure has had a chance to settle down and nourish the soil.
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Name: Elaine
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Jun 15, 2017 9:53 AM CST
What a shame, but yes, lots of water to rinse out the salts right now would be a good start. She might be able to plant something else in a month or two, but tell her to first plant some "test" seeds every few weeks, like beans or something to see if they can stand the maturing manure. That way she won't spend a bundle on bedding plants and have them burned again. Once the test seeds make it through germination and are able to grow with normal leaves, she's safe to plant again. "Normal" means the leaves don't have brown, burnt edges on them.

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Zone 5 Iowa
Jun 15, 2017 8:22 PM CST
Thanks every one for all the help.

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