eliminating weed seeds in rabbit compost

Asked January 19, 2014, 3:39 PM EST

I raise rabbits and want to compost the accompanying coastal hay. How do I eliminate seeds in my rabbit compost?.Do I cover with plastic (black or clear)? For how long does it "cook" during winter months? Can I sell my excess compost..if there is a market? Rabbits make a lot of poop!

Cherokee County Georgia

1 Response

Hi,
Sorry for the delay in responding.

It is unlikely your compost pile will reach proper temperature until summer time to kill the weed seeds. This publication has great information on temperatures by weed species. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/vegetable/files/2010/10/E-326.-Easy-Gardening-Composting-to-Kill-...

Black plastic would be the best.

Sincerely,
Todd