Over the winter (12/19), I fertilized many of my fields with spent mushroom compost (a mix of aged hay, topsoil, poultry litter and lime). Looks like a light fluffy topsoil.
On 2 of the fields, the truckers delivered too much and I had to apply it at heavier rate than normal. I usually apply about 1/2” thick. That’s enough to make the field look dusted in black, but not smothering the grass. However, on these 2 fields, it was more like 1”-1.5” thick. This heavier application covered the grass to the point of almost smothering it. Just the tips of the grass poking through. I was nervous it would cause dead spots. Was always told by the locals NOT to smother grass with it.
However, the grass rebounded stronger than ever! By April, there was no sign of bare spots.
I set records on both fields, nearly doubling my previous best yields on one of the 2 fields and 50% more on the other. I can’t believe after 3-5 applications I have discovered this.
Wishing I had done this to increase yields on previous fields.
I have to learn most everything by trial & error (mostly error).