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.
(25 reviews) 25
70%of customersrecommend this product16 of 23reviews
Rating Breakdown25 reviews
70%of customersrecommend this product16 of 23reviews
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.
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.
Cons: not pre sifted
3out of3found this review helpful.
Review 3 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.
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.
I tried to rake this into a small section of my lawn as an experiment - after raking it in, the washing it in, I pulled of wooden material that measured over a quart - from one bag. This is OK unless you need manure - but what you get is blend and not manure.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Use at your own discretion - Procuct NOT fully composted. Expect Fungal Strands, (Mycelium), to be present in bag. pH measurements: CHEMICAL: rapitest Soil Test Kit #1601, pH 6 to 7; rapitest 1815 Mini pH TESTER, pH 6.8; rapitest 1818 mini 4 in 1 Tester, pH 7