This 1 cu. ft. Steer Manure Blend is an all-purpose soil amendment for vegetable gardens, flower beds, lawns and landscapes. Add this blend of steer manure and organic compost to the soil to promote healthy plant growth.
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64%of customersrecommend this product21 of 33reviews
Rating Breakdown35 reviews
64%of customersrecommend this product21 of 33reviews
THIS PRODUCT WILL NOT GIVE YOU GOOD RESULTS. In fact; it won't give you ANY results ! It is worthless and breaks down in a couple of days, adds nothing to the soil for the plants; as if I hadn't added anything at all! It doesn't even smell like steer manure! If you buy this manure-blend product; you will WASTE your money. Here in Rialto, CA we need REAL COW MANURE (but The HD no longer will carry it) !! I've used real steer manure in my garden and on the lawn since 1985; and it ALWAYS showed in the green and vigor of the plants as they responded to it.
THIS BLEND PRODUCT ISN'T IT!!!
HD needs to STOCK the REAL stuff!!! - APR, 2015
Cons: Not Durable, useless, worthless, does nothing
Great product for the price. I mix this with compost, different bagged soil ammendments, peat moss, etc, for composting, topdressing, making my own potting soil mix, and ammending the soil for new plants. But here is the most important thing to know about buying any bagged "soil". Even though you will find the same brand in different states and store locations, depending on your location, the quality WILL be different. They always make it(even the expensive brands) out of "local" materials. Shipping high grade manure from a feed lot in Kansas to say Nevada, does not work. Most times they "compost" it right next to the feed lots and dairies. So if you have a lot of beef or dairy in your state you may have a good batch of steer manure at your local store. AND NEVER buy a large amount(10 bags or more) without testing it first. Buy one bag and take it home and see what you got. Or bring a plastic tote with you and pour it into it in the parking lot and see what you got. Quality WILL change. Just because you got a great product this year at your local store does not mean you will get the same next year. Or next month. Also doing a little self study on soil and what kind of soil conditions you need for your particular plants or veggies will save you a lot of frustration, money, time, and sweat.
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.
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 it’s composted by piling it on the ground, some stones will always be scraped up and finding a few in a bag shouldn’t 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 don’t 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 compost’s 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. You’ll also be leaching down the colloids, but they’re far bigger than salt ions and won’t wash out as easily.
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.
If you are actually looking for steer manure, this is not it. Once upon a time, this product had more manure than compost. Now its just the opposite. It doesn't even have a hint of manure smell. My dogs couldn't even tell there was manure in the bags -- which those of you with dogs know what I mean. Poured out side by side next to a bag of pure compost and you can't even tell the difference in appearance, consistency, texture or smell. The only redeeming grace is that it costs much less than the pure compost. Will definitely have to go elsewhere!
I use this every year, a blend of compost and manure is perfect for my heavy feeding melons, corn, and tomatoes...I have to use bone meal and sul po mag to keep the balance of nutrients. But what a great value for an organic gardener
Great value, I sparingly spread this on my garden and flower beds and tilled the mixture. Plants and flowers are loving it.. Contents was what I expected and could smell the manure as I opened the bag. for those that use manure for grass need to do better research on how to apply. Too much of a good thing can burn..
Bought this expecting decaying wood which I've gotten from the number one lawn product producer but Depot's product is quite good. It may be light on manure but it is fully decomposed compost and ready to mix into the ground. I'm quite pleased with the price/value relationship and smokes last two years purchases from number one lawn product producer.
I mix this with my potting soil and it really gets them off to a great start.
Pros: great soil amendment
1out of2found this review helpful.
Review 11 for 1 cu. ft. Steer Manure Blend
Keep off the grass!
PostedMarch 16, 2015
No, I do not recommend this product.
I used a 50/50 mix of this product with Earthgro Topsoil and some grass seed to top dress my lawn in sparse areas. The grass seed never germinated and what grass I had is gone. Now I am in a quandary as to what to do next. Will new grass ever grow in the affected areas? I suspect that either the Steer Manure or the Top Soil killed my lawn.
I drive 30 minutes just to buy this product from Home Depot. The price is unbeatable. This is a great "filler". Steer manure doesn't have the same amount of nutrients as other soils so I highly recommend using other soils with this, but this is still a great product, just don't use too much of it or you will have compacted soil.
Great specially if you let it sit for a few months. Best compost for the $$. The key is to let it sit so it finish composting with a light watering every other day. When done it wont harm plants plus it don't smell like manure.
9out of9found this review helpful.
Review 14 for 1 cu. ft. Steer Manure Blend
from Broomfield, CO
Age Range:45 to 54
Oily substance in the blend, flies magnet
PostedJune 15, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
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.
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.
Best for filling as it's really cheap (often 0.97/cf, on sale at 0.85/cf), it dries out very quickly so you might want to mix it with other materials (peat moss, or the more expensive soil). Don't use in large quantity alone (w/o mixing) as it can smell pretty bad
I really like this stuff as a soil amendment. I mix it with the sifted existing soil, and plant into it, or put some garden soil over it and grow the veggies. there may be weeds in it, but I don't care - there are already weeds in the dirt I'm belnding it with.
This stuff stinks. Literally, but is manure after all. Included in each bag will be largish pieces of wood and stones ranging from tiny to fist sized.
I buy 45+ bags for my yard every fall. Last year's batch had a much lower stick/stone content than 2011, and it was lower in weeds. I spray for weeds anyway, so the weeds growing through are of no consequence.