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Name: Doris
upstate NY (Zone 5b)
Oct 6, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Should I use it now to enrich my soil around plants or save until spring? I live in western NY zone 5. I have it in a compost bin made of wood pallets and it is well rotted horse manure mixed with straw.
Name: Sandy B.
Ford River, Michigan UP (Zone 4b)
(Zone 4b-maybe 5a)
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Oct 6, 2017 7:09 PM CST
I'd wait until spring, when the plants are beginning to grow and need the boost.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Oct 6, 2017 9:56 PM CST
So would I. You don't want to encourage growth this time of year.
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Name: Paula
NYC suburbs (Zone 6b)
Oct 7, 2017 6:17 PM CST
I would wait till spring too. Why would you do all that work when your plants are about to call it kaput till spring? If you spread it out eveything will leach into the soil, leave it in a nice big pile.

The only exception I would make is if you have an herb garden. Pile it deep and thick around your tender perennials like rosemary, thyme and parsley- you literally want to almost bury everything but the tips- and they may survive the winter. Don't do it now, when its still 80 degrees, they'll rot. Wait till it cools off and the plants slow down... 50 degree days and high 30s at night.

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