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 05-09-2002, 07:01 Post: 38356
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 My Wifes Mushroom Soil

My wife recently purchased some Mushroom soil for her garden from PA. Every year she tries to kill me by buying 30 yards of something ;>)

Anyway, she has not decided what is to be done with it precisely yet, so I covered it as best I could, but some rain has hit the edges and I just noticed that the wash off from the pile really stains the paved drive with a dark substance that hardens like rOck in the sun, and the lawn has been killed where the wash out passes thru.

I guess this id OK! Right? I was thinking that Mushroom soil is basically composted dirt and Horse/Cow manure and straw / mulch.

Does anybody know the composition of this stuff? Will the stains wash off the drive? Will I have more turf damage due to leaching wherever I put it? Is this stuff too strong to be put in my wife's flower beds this spring?

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 05-09-2002, 08:08 Post: 38363
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 My Wifes Mushroom Soil

Dennis sound like a load of B.S. to me, literally. Mushroom soil should be the composted material like they sell in bags. It will have a lot of organics in it but should be close to neutral pH (7.2-7.6). If it is killing the lawn and staining the pavement then there is a lot of tannic acid from the wood products and ureic acid from the BS.
I would let is compost a while. You may use it straight but be careful what plants get it, i.e. must be acid loving. Adding a little soil to the heap will help seed bacteria and increase the rate.
Power pressure washing should remove the stain. Other wise you may need to acid wash the concrete.
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