Spreading compost is another laborious time consuming task that requires at least a pickup or trailer, wheelbarrow & a shovel. Depending on the size of the pickup or trailer, it may require multiple trips to the supplier to obtain enough compost to cover your lawn properly costing you time, transportation expense, and wear on your vehicle. The average size lawn will require 3 cubic yards for the recommended 1/4 inch coverage. A 1/2 ton pickup can carry 1/2 cubic yard requiring 6 trips to the supplier. A 3/4 or 1 ton pickup can carry 1 cubic yard of compost requiring 3 trips to the supplier.
Once the compost is acquired it must be unloaded and spread evenly over the entire lawn. This requires the shovel and wheelbarrow. The wheelbarrow is loaded by shovel with the compost. The wheelbarrow is then moved to a location on the lawn and the compost is spread with the shovel either by throwing/slinging the compost or shaking it off of the shovel, or unloading small piles over the general area and then raking it around. None of these methods are uniform or consistent and require multiple trips with the wheelbarrow to obtain more compost and multiple trips to the compost provider to obtain enough compost. The uneven spreading will cause high growth in some spots and low growth in others. It is a very time consuming laborious process. Recommended coverage is 1/4 inch. Save your time and your back. Allow Eco Lawn San Antonio to utilize our compost spreader to apply an even consistent layer of Organic Compost to your lawn resulting in even consistent growth of your lawn.
The single application of one layer of compost fulfills between 50 and 100 percent of the annual fertilizing needs of your lawn. Compost is the only slow-releasing soil amendment containing all of the necessary nutrients to maintain balanced levels of the following:
- Macro-elements: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium
- Micro-elements: iron, sulfur, and manganese
Oligo-elements: copper and boron.
The microorganisms present in compost will transform the thatch (the layer of dead plant material in the grass) into an organic matter that will be absorbed by the lawn. This is very important if you mulch rather than bag.