The Four Benefits of Manure

benefits of manure
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We’ve always heard that manure is an essential ingredient to any healthy garden, but do you really know all of the benefits that come from it? That’s where we at come into play. We’ve compiled a list of all the positive qualities that manure brings to your backyard. Take a look at them below.

1. Manure adds nutrients

While it may not seem like it, manure actually contains three nutrients that every plant can’t live without. Those are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Of course, each type is different, and some manures have more nutrients in it than others. Generally speaking, though, it has 11% nitrogen, 4% phosphorus, and 10% potassium. Besides these nutrients, it’s also made up of 86% water, which helps the soil stay evenly moist throughout all of the growing season.

2. Manure fights diseases

Those with a green thumb know that there’s a lot more to gardening than meets the eye. There’s constantly weeds growing, which drains those much-needed nutrients from plants, as well as diseases forming to kill what you worked so hard to create. When you put manure onto your yard, rest easy knowing that it will work to control in the soil or on the foliage of nearby plants.

3. Availability of manure

Unlike a lot of other materials used in gardening, manure is super easy to find in any local nursery store.  Plus, it’s relatively cheap, so you won’t have to empty out your bank account to pick up this item. In fact, many dairy farmers even give it out for free to people, as long as they haul it away themselves. That’s how big of a supply there is of this around the world. With manure, you won’t have to go to crazy lengths to keep your garden healthy.

4. Manure is easy to apply

Anyone can apply manure to their garden, it’s that simple. All you have to do is lay it directly onto the area. Obviously, you don’t want there to be clumps, so make sure you’re evenly distributing it along the way. We recommend, though, that you pile and turn the manure every six months or so. This will not only keep it fresher but ensure that the whole garden reaps the manure’s benefits.