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Post  sanderson on 2/17/2014, 4:29 am

Does or has anyone made compost tea for their lawns? I have a hose applicator thingy to spray with. I just wondered anyone had nailed down the amount of compost in a volume of water, the amount of tea in the sprayer thingy and spray # to use. Example, a quart of homemade compost per 4 gallons of water. Stir frequently for 8 hours. Strain and fill container and set on 2.5 oz.
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Post  Triciasgarden on 2/17/2014, 8:56 pm

It has been years since I used one of those sprayers and from what I remember, the concentrated liquid in the sprayer went a very long way as I was spraying.  I don't think you could get too strong of compost tea that way.  I would think the hose water would dilute your concentrated compost tea to the point it would be very weak by the time it got on the lawn.  There wouldn't be anything wrong with it being very weak though.  You could always repeat the application again.  Someone here may have had experience with compost tea in a sprayer like yours and may be able to give their experiences.
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Post  sanderson on 2/17/2014, 9:24 pm

Tricia, thanks
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Post  boffer on 2/17/2014, 9:29 pm

I imagine you could dump the bucket directly on the lawn and it wouldn't hurt.

I have posted before that farmers use 5-20 gallons of CT per acre. I don't think you could thin it out too much for your yard.

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Post  Triciasgarden on 2/17/2014, 9:44 pm

Welcome Sanderson!

I would agree with you Boffer!
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Post  camprn on 2/17/2014, 10:06 pm

Why pour compost tea on the lawn?

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Post  jimmy cee on 2/17/2014, 11:17 pm

This coming year I am going to try my home made compost on a small patch of grass.
Will be interesting to see how it does.
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Post  sanderson on 2/17/2014, 11:59 pm

We got rid of the push spreader, so I thought the tea would be the easiest to spread in the "organic" back yard. My DH uses the hand spreader and chemical fertilizers on the front yard.

We have compromised where I rule the back yard and he can think he is King of the front yard.
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Post  jimmy cee on 2/18/2014, 7:37 am

Sanderson
I'd be more than happy to give my DW the entire yard..(except where my beds are)
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Post  sanderson on 2/22/2016, 1:39 pm

We have dollar spot fungi on the front lawn. After reading the Microbes book, I am trying compost tea to up the bacterial count. If I can get husband to cut and drop, and I spray with tea, maybe we can get dollar spot under control.

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Post  Zmoore on 2/22/2016, 5:09 pm

See "Compost Tea Recipe" by Camprn, in that is a link to making a "tea maker" and in that article:

Using your tea As a foliar spray, five gallons of tea will cover a full acre of lawn or garden. As a soil drench five gallons will cover about 10,000 square feet of lawn or garden. It doesn’t really matter how much water you use to dilute and spread the tea. The water is only a carrier. Just remember to stay in the area to be covered until you run out of tea. I have never heard of any time when too much tea was used so don’t worry about over doing it. You can spray tea every day, every week, or monthly. 

So, on the one hand it's like Boffer said, it's anywhere from 5 gal per acre to 5 gal. per 10,000 s.f., which is about 20 gal. per acre.  
If I understand your original question correctly you're trying to figure out a setting for a delivery system that hooks to a hose or sprinkler.  IMO, I'd treat that as a "drench" and go with the 5 gal. per 10,000 s.f. rate.  Figure out how many total gallons you need, then you need to know how many gallons (probably quarts) you can deliver in one dose/drench.  Then just evenly divide that over your yard.  
e.g.  I have a 10,000 s.f. lawn, I have a sprinkler that can cover 2,000 s.f. and has a 1 quart delivery system.  I need 20 total quarts to cover the yard, I have to move the sprinkle 5 times to cover the yard, so I set the sprinkler up, run 4 quarts through it and then move it to next location.  
So, the exact rate is not so important as long as you get it spread out and delivered to the lawn.  You want a setting that is not so little that you have to run the system for hours to get the tea through and end up with a soggy yard and not so much that the tea goes through in a minute and the ground is barely wet (mainly concern about even distribution over area).

Anyway, my 2 cents.  Set it in the middle? Smile
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Post  sanderson on 2/22/2016, 8:28 pm

Thanks, Zmoore. I'll look at Camp's topic.

At this point it's all an experiment. The whole lot is 6,000 sq ft with 1,900 in house. I'm guessing the front lawn is about 600-800 sq ft. I set the quart container at 4 oz, filled and watered twice. At this point there isn't much to loose. If DH will let the grass clippings drop and I spray routinely with tea, I am hoping to drought proof the lawn and get rid of the dollar spot fungus.

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Post  has55 on 2/23/2016, 9:38 am

these results made help feel more comfortable with your experiment. I hope to do your experiment at my place also. 

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Post  milt48 on 2/23/2016, 11:34 am

I don't use compost tea on my lawn since I decided use white clover as an easier natural fertilizer and weed control. Besides it is a great addition to compost. Green manure as they say.
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Post  sanderson on 2/23/2016, 4:37 pm

Has, thank you for the nice words.

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