Rated 3.4 out of 5Â by 28
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Waldo good value
I have used this stuff for years and have never found anything more than a trivial amount of thicker wood pieces or stones in it. Since itâs composted by piling it on the ground, some stones will always be scraped up and finding a few in a bag shouldnât mean your life has been ruined, especially over a product that costs about one dollar. Make a half inch screen sifter and use it.
One big steer manure problem that you donât have with horse or dairy manure is salt, and this product claims to be over 50% steer manure. Steer manure comes from feed lots and a well managed feed lot adds roughly half a percent of salt to the steer feed to encourage lots of urination to prevent the high-grain-percentage feed from clogging urethras, a common mechanical problem with steers castrated at birth. Cattle are serious salt freaks: they even add salt blocks to keep the cattle from licking the salty manure and urine.
The compostâs texture seems mature. If you use this in any heavy amount, be sure to soak the compost and soil to death in order to leach the salts down. Youâll also be leaching down the colloids, but theyâre far bigger than salt ions and wonât wash out as easily.
November 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by SeattlePat steer manure/compost blend
This is a great value product! I have used it for several years now. It works! Plants grow well with it. The soil consistency is maintained or improved. The price is competitive with large quantity, bulk delivered compost. I can just handle the 1 cubic foot package size. Any more would be too much for me alone. I can take up to four bags in the trunk of my car. As a 72 year old avid gardening woman, I find that's perfect for one or two big gardening sessions without having any leftover to store. In short, the product works, the price is right, and the packaging is right.
March 28, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by tvs75 Use With caution And It Is Awesome
Use this product with care! If you sparingly spread this on flower beds and lawns, it will create fertilized soil conducive for growth. It does not have anything in it other than manure. It will not grow anything by itself, just create soil that is good for growing plant life. If you do need to grow plants or grass/seed, use that in conjunction with this product. if you for whatever reason, you make a mistake and over fertilize with this product, rake it out quickly and dilute it with as much water as possible -- or it will burn your soil. It is pretty powerful stuff.
December 15, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0Â by ExpertInstaller I needed finer material
I was planting Rye Grass. I wanted my top coat to be smooth and level. I always sift my Steer Manure through a 1/2" hardware cloth sifter. There is a lot of product in these bags that can not be broken down to that small. I poured a third of the bag into my sifter at a time, then shook the heck out of it as I spread it on my lawn area. After sifting, I would have about 35% of the product that would not break up into small enough pieces to pass through the sifter. The pieces that would not pass were about 1 inch, sometimes much more. No matter how hard I tried to smash up the pieces that were too large, they would not break apart. The mix contained perhaps 5% total of: Rocks, Wood, Other junk. If none of the above described would bother your use, then this is your product. Otherwise you may want to find something else.
In summary, for me, I had to dispose of 35% of the bag. I gave the big clumps to someone else that did not mind the large pieces.
June 26, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by JasonC Oily substance in the blend, flies magnet
I bought many bags of steer manure blend this year for tomato planting. It is mixed equally with garden soil and peat moss. I find that the water runoff from the bottom of the buckets has a film of oily material (looks similar to gasoline on water). I am not sure if it is a contamination but I have stopped using it. On top of that, this manure blend attracts lots of flies to the extent that it is disturbing.
June 15, 2014