Organic Horse Manure Mulch

£5.50

50 Litre Sack (for best results use one sack per square metre).

Our number one best-selling product, which is suitable for all types of gardens. Our tried and tested, highly nutritional mixture which is 100% organic.

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Our Organic Horse Manure Mulch is environmentally friendly and high in both nitrates and phosphates. This product is NOT based on recycled garden waste or peat, so it is beneficial in saving British peat lands, but is based on rich, well-rotted horse compost which is naturally sterilised.

Horse Manure – Does It Have Any Uses?

When I saw this article I thought ‘what a stupid question!’ – having read it I can see why the author should ask about the value of horse manure in the garden.

I think you will see that horse manure is valuable and I think far more valuable than cow manure on heavy soils.

I grew up on a dairy farm and learned early in my life that cow manure is useful. That usefulness may have been born out of necessity, though. After all, the manure from a herd of 50 cows has to go somewhere right? That’s how I learned that cow manure makes a great fertilizer. But we never had horses on our farm so I started wondering if horse manure is useful as a fertilizer too.
Although there is a wide range of weights among horses depending on the breed, an average adult riding horse weighs approximately 900 – 1,100 pounds. A horse that size produces around 8 to 9 tons; or between 16,000 and 18,000 pounds of manure every year. That’s a lot of horse manure.

What is done with that manure? One option for disposal is to haul it to a landfill site, but that is not an eco-friendly option and some landfills will not accept horse manure.

What?? Putting valuable fertiliser into landfill is just madness!

The best option is to spread the horse manure on land so it decomposes quickly, or to compost it and then use it to improve soil quality.

One problem with using horse manure to fertilize ground is that many people use sawdust or wood chips as bedding in horse stalls. When the stalls are cleaned, the dirty sawdust or wood chips as well as the manure are removed. While the horse manure itself is a good fertilizer, the sawdust and wood chips are not crop friendly. That’s because when wood breaks down in the soil a nitrogen deficiency occurs, which stunts the growth of crops. To combat this problem, a nitrogen fertilizer can be added to the soil after horse manure is spread on it; or a nitrogen fertilizer can be added to the horse manure and sawdust or wood shavings mixture before being added to the soil.

A great way to use horse manure is to add it to a compost pile. When adding the manure to a compost pile, any sawdust and wood chips present in the manure are okay. They are a good “brown” component to compost. It takes about six months for the manure, sawdust or wood chips, and any other materials added to the compost pile to completely break down and become what many people call “black gold.”

To make a compost pile with horse manure as one of the components, layer it with green compost items. Many experts suggest alternating layers of brown and green compost items because you need sources of both carbon (brown items) and nitrogen (green items) in your compost pile. Brown items such as horse manure, wood chips, and sawdust are great sources of carbon. A few good sources of nitrogen (the green items) for a compost pile include: green leaves, fresh grass clippings, the scraps from raw fruits and vegetables, and coffee grounds. Yes, coffee grounds are brown, but for the purposes of compost they are considered a green item because they provide the compost pile with nitrogen.

Because the compost pile is a living thing, it needs water and air to thrive. Your compost pile should be turned each week, adding water as needed to keep the compost pile damp. You’ll know the process of breaking down has completed when the compost material is dark and crumbly and fresh smelling.

Once the horse manure and other materials have turned into the “black gold” I mentioned a little earlier in this article, it’s finally time to put the black gold to good use. While compost isn’t officially considered a fertilizer, it contains nutrients that are great for plants and soil. Some good ways to use your horse manure compost are: as mulch for garden plants and around landscaping; as a soil improvement component for sandy soil; as a soil improvement for clay soil; and as a material to help control erosion.

Now you know that horse manure, that smelly waste product from a beloved animal, is a useful by product that is environmentally friendly.

Read about how our peat lands are under threat…

Our product will give any garden a healthy balance of nutrients, it is excellent for improving and feeding all soil types and looks beautiful when used as an effective all-round garden mulch.

Decomposition of Organic matter during composting is largely the result of Aerobic Microbiological activity. Micro-Organisms break down organic matter and produce carbon dioxide, water, heat and humus, the stable and valuable organic end product for a healthier plant and a healthier crop of vegetables.

A well-rotted Horse compost of at least 3-5 years, mixed with a forest mulch. The resulting Compost is beneficial for the land in many different ways including:

  • A Soil Conditioner
  • A Fertilizer
  • Addition of Vital Humus or Humic Acids
  • A Natural Pesticide for soil
  • Ideal for growing healthy plants, vegetables and fruits
  • Finest quality and environmentally friendly
  • Highly nutritional mixture which is 100% organic
  • Encourages micro-organism activity
  • Insulates and prevents erosion
  • Holds moisture for long summer months
  • Activates the soil for quicker and sustainable growth
  • A natural pesticide for soil
  • Conditions clay/heavy soil
  • Adds humus to sandy/light soil
  • Creates aeration and better drainage
  • Mulches and suppresses weeds
  • All round garden feed
  • Decorative use

The Quality of our resulting Compost depends on the types and activity of organisms present. These, in turn, are determined by composting conditions, particularly the types of Organic matter being composted, the availability of moisture and Oxygen and Temperature.

Inside our well-rotted Horse Compost are millions of tiny bacteria. These bacteria are busy feeding and breaking down the product into their component parts.

We then aerate the compost so it doesn’t get too hot killing off the vital bacteria needed to sustain a balanced product.

The resulting process of Micro-Organisms breaking down the Organic matter produce Carbon Dioxide, Water, Heat and Humus, the stable and valuable organic end product for a healthier plant and a healthier crop of vegetables.
Then once the product is sufficiently rotted we mix the ‘Humus like’ matter with a forest mulch which acts as a natural weed suppressor!!

If compost isn’t stable or well-rotted, it can rob plant and vegetable roots of nitrogen as it breaks down further in the soil.

Use Greenfingers Organic Horse Manure Mulch and be certain this won’t happen to your garden!

Directions For Use

Directions For Use

1. Weed the area you are applying the mulch.
2. For best results hoe the area before applying.
3. We recommend a 3 – 4 inch covering.
4. Apply at least 1 bag per square metre.
5. Hoe mulch every 6 weeks.

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