jlaak5June 17, 2007

I am about to apply my very first "dose" of SBM. My question is, if I have a thick thatch layer(which I am looking to eliminate), will the SBM be able to penetrate the thatch to begin to "work" the soil and break down the thatch?

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billhill(z5 MI - KBG)

Microbes will find the SBM whether or not it penetrates the thatch. Be patient. It will take a few weeks to see any effects of your first dose. A good rain might help. You will not totally eliminate thatch, but an organically maintained lawn will eventually have a healthy, acceptable thatch layer. A light application of compost would help get the microherd munching on the thatch.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 10:14AM
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If you're real concerned about the thatch, as I was with mine, I would highly recommend spraying some compost tea. I think it really helped my thatch issue. I put down a dose of it around the beginning of May and I've seen a HUGE decrease in thatch since then. The SBM will help, too. If I were you, I'd put down both -- that's what I did. Keep in mind that I also raked the REALLY bad spots, but I think you'll see some good results with SBM and compost tea.

Compost tea will be a LOT easier to spread on your lawn than compost -- especially with the size lawn you have. Compost would help more, but putting a layer of compost on a 1 acre lot might just kill you...


    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 1:25PM
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Compost is great for moisture retention too. I applied some in March. The compost is still moist several days after rain in very hot weather.

SBM is great stuff. I put out another round two weeks ago and the results are fantastic.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 8:28PM
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