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Introduction to Compost Tea
« on: February 06, 2011, 07:09:40 AM »
When the soil organic matter reaches the target level of between 5 and 8 percent, you can supplement the biology of the soil with compost tea.  Compost tea is made by steeping compost in water.  The water must be oxygenated by bubbling air through it so the beneficial organisms won't die from lack of oxygen.  Compost tea contains many beneficial organisms: bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and nematodes. When compost tea is used as a soil drench for turf, it also serves as a foliar spray that helps prevent foliar diseases.

You will see some savings as compost tea substitute for compost topdressings.  However you must have a compost tea sprayer that is specially fitted with spray heads and a pump that won't kill the microorganisms in the tea. If you cut out one topdressing, a second application of organic fertilizer in May is important.  The remaining compost topdressing can be made in late spring or early summer or late fall.
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