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Compost or Manure?

I have removed some large shrubs from a border in my front garden. I want to add some nutrients back into the soil and wondered if I should add several bags of manure or bags of good quality compost? I'm not sure of the pros and cons, or should I mix both?

I plan to plant grasses, a phormium and maybe a palm type tree in the border.


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,391

    I agree, manure every time if the alternative is commercial multi-purpose compost as that contains added nutrients which only last a few weeks and will wash out with the winter rain.  Once the added nutrients are gone, it's pretty sterile stuff.

    Last edited: 20 October 2017 18:52:36

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • StevedaylillyStevedaylilly Posts: 1,087
    I agree, Manure will improve the soil structure around the plants. Also throw in some fish , blood, and bonemeal in to the mix prior to planting your new shrubs as this will encourage good root growth 
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