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Old 03-18-2018, 04:44 PM   #1
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Can dog poop mixed with dead grass be used like cow manure to fertilize a garden? Good idea or not?
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Absolutely not!! Dog poop has different composition than other animals. They are carnivores not vegetarian.
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Put it in a compost pile and put it on your lawn.
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Milorganite is made from people poop and it seems to work pretty well. I, however, would not want to experiment to figure out how to get that stuff to work as fertilizer
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A dogs digestive system is different than other animals, they have a way of passing bacteria that would harm us out without getting sick from the bacteria.

Dogs in the wild ( think wolf), eat rotted dead animals and don't get ill.

I am not saying that your dog poop is contaminated, but who knows what is in commercial dog foods anyway.

I would not try it, on a garden.


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Milorganite is made from people poop and it seems to work pretty well. I, however, would not want to experiment to figure out how to get that stuff to work as fertilizer
Go to the wastewater treatment plant that supplies that stuff and you will see all of the processes it needs to go through to make it safe to use as fertilizer. It's not something an amateur is going to be able to accomplish.
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Milorganite is made from people poop and it seems to work pretty well. I, however, would not want to experiment to figure out how to get that stuff to work as fertilizer
And Milogrnaite goes through a much different process...

Herbivore poop is what you want.

Dogs are not herbivores.
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With all due respect to other posters, dirt is made out of decaying animals, bacteria like E.Coli, Botulism spores, mold, minerals, unknown chemicals, etc. It seems that the main concern with dog poop would be the increased Nitrogen from the increased protein.

If you put it in a compost pile, organisms can break it down. You could test any soil you make for Nitrogen levels so plants won't be burned.

I grew enormous tomato plants last year with a large # of dirt covered dog poops nearby. Not my dogs. The plants received only the wash from rain or hose.The smell of the poop was so strong, I covered them in coffee grounds which took the smell away, & helped acidify the alkaline soil.

I see no reason you couldn't create your own soil. Eggshells also helped. Smell & flies would be a concern.

If nothing grows, change dog food!

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Note to self: Do not take any tomatoes offered to me from Niki's garden.
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That made me laugh!
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I went looking for a definitive source that said no and found this https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/F...2p2_035763.pdf which says okay if.

The big if is getting the compost pile hot enough and most home gardeners aren't going to accomplish that so no dog poop in the compost pile for most of us. so I will join Greg in saying:
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Very funny! Great article.

145 degrees is not that high. Dirt is dirty by it's very nature. It's your loss

By the way, there's a recall on Romaine lettuce. E.Coli which is in dirt

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In the dirt that the immigrant workers poop in all day long. Don't forget about that. It spreads fast from a single location. E. coli doesn't appear naturally in just dirt.
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In the dirt that the immigrant workers poop in all day long. Don't forget about that. It spreads fast from a single location. E. coli doesn't appear naturally in just dirt.
Yes, it does. It depends on the lethality of the strain & how much there is. There are literally billions of poops in dirt. Insect, rodents, possums,etc. Soil is made of minerals, decomposing plants & animals, & tons of bacteria,viruses & parasites. Chemicals, too.

In regard to dogs, I actually had a patient who had a bowel obstruction that required surgery, from her dog licking her face with worms.

Where did the idea that dirt is clean, come from?
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Where did the idea that dirt is clean, come from?
Dirt is clean. The added components cause problems. I ate dirt when I was a kid and survived.
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