Hello MG, Would you recommend putting aged horse manure at the base of 5-6 yr...

Asked August 20, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

Hello MG, Would you recommend putting aged horse manure at the base of 5-6 yr old evergreens and also strawberries? Thanks, RM

Dakota County Minnesota

1 Response

Manure is a fine fertilizer but it must be aged at least one year. If what you have access to meets that requirement, you can work some into the existing soil. Do not use it too heavily as it contains a lot of nitrogen which promotes green growth at the expense of roots and/or blooms/fruit if too much is used at once. Make sure you mix it in with your soil. If you have extra, store it to use next spring. If you have rhubarb, your plants would appreciate it as they are heavy feeders.