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Old 08-09-2017, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Will constant use of this product eventually loosen up up hard packed clay?

The product does claim to accomplish this and I live in SW Virginia With a front lawn that is well compacted clay.

I will ( and have last year ) aerate every year but don't think that is enough and if I had a belief that Milogranite really works to loosen up the soil, I would apply this product to our front lawn three or more times a year.
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Old 08-09-2017, 09:50 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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I don't think the product itself will actually loosen up the clay compaction. What it will do is give the grass roots a more vigorous growth, which in turn will loosen up the clay.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Any organic matter will work. Some people avoid Milorganite because in the past, it has been found to contain a higher level of metals.

As LICenter says, the main response is greater root growth. The other thing that happens is that organic matter increases the habitat for soil organisms, including earthworms, which will also loosen soil.

The organic matter provides surface area for microbes to live on and increases the air and water pores in the soil. This is all good for the roots. So yes, aerate and/or dethatch and then immediately apply plenty of organic material of your choice and water it in. As you make the top few inches of your soil more hospitable to life, that life will work on the lower levels.
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Any organic matter will work. Some people avoid Milorganite because in the past, it has been found to contain a higher level of metals.

As LICenter says, the main response is greater root growth. The other thing that happens is that organic matter increases the habitat for soil organisms, including earthworms, which will also loosen soil.

The organic matter provides surface area for microbes to live on and increases the air and water pores in the soil. This is all good for the roots. So yes, aerate and/or dethatch and then immediately apply plenty of organic material of your choice and water it in. As you make the top few inches of your soil more hospitable to life, that life will work on the lower levels.
Black Cow is a locally available bagged compost/manure so I guess that could be raked onto the surface of the lawn but is costly at $5.00 plus a bag and would probably need several treatments.

Perhaps this along with Milogranite and grass clipping might help to increase the soil organisms.
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Old 08-09-2017, 03:09 PM
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•It’s a slow-release fertilizer that feeds for up to 10 weeks...
Why Use Milorganite
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Old 08-09-2017, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Its a slow-release fertilizer that feeds for up to 10 weeks...
Why Use Milorganite
I am going to use this product at least two times per year to feed the roots. I can't image this non chemical fertilizer will not benefit the soil and grass roots. Going to do my first application in September after aerating and overseeing and then in November I will apply the Scotts Winter Guard fertilizer unless someone can recommend a better product to use.
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Old 08-18-2017, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Not exactly, aerating will provide the most benefit, while combining it with Milorganite will definitely help.

When aerating, be sure to go over the lawn multiple times through various directions.


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Will constant use of this product eventually loosen up up hard packed clay?

The product does claim to accomplish this and I live in SW Virginia With a front lawn that is well compacted clay.

I will ( and have last year ) aerate every year but don't think that is enough and if I had a belief that Milogranite really works to loosen up the soil, I would apply this product to our front lawn three or more times a year.
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Old 08-18-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Milwaukee sanitary district sludge on your lawn? Ugh. I really don't see the advantage over regular fertilizers/aeration.
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Old 08-18-2017, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Zone 6B ~ Northern VA
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Thanks for posting the link for those who are not familiar with it.

Great product, especially for those of us who prefer to feed the soil instead of feeding the grass blade.


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Its a slow-release fertilizer that feeds for up to 10 weeks...
Why Use Milorganite
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Old 08-19-2017, 12:26 PM
 
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Milorganite has always had, and still does, a good dose of heavy metals. They claim it's within EPA limits. But they don't tell you that heavy metals tend to accumulate. Quantitative data on the heavy metals in the stuff is hard to find, but this is an interesting article on the topic: Sludge by Any Name Will Never Be

Would I use it? Probably on the grass if it were more cost effective. But it's a pretty expensive way to put down nitrogen, and where I am, in SW NH, we have other even more obviously organic sources.
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