Well-aged horse or cow manure is an excellent fertilizer and can be used similar to compost. The fresher the manure, however, the more likely you are to “burn” your plants due to the excessive heat given off during decomposition. Further, the likelihood of transmitting e. coli is greater with fresh manure. For best results, let manure age for several months to a year before incorporating into your beds; otherwise, incorporate fresh manure into your beds in the fall and let it break down over winter.
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Where to find it?
Carter's Sawmill & Feed Co.
104 Carter Lane
Composted horse manure mixed with sawdust. $10 for a truckful, or free with your own shovel and bucket. Call Monday-Friday and leave a message to arrange pickup.
Local Horse Owner
Free manure. Free delivery. (217)652-0287
University of Illinois Extension Manure Share
Illinois State Fairgrounds
To pick up manure from the NE corner of the Fairgrounds call Evans Recycling (217) 391-0886 to schedule a time and Rex will arrange to load it into your vehicle. Only available on Mondays.
2100 J David Jones Pkwy
Often manure from the state fairgrounds is hauled away by Evan's Recycling. As long as it is still there, it is available Monday thru Friday from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM. These hours are subject to change based on the weather and holidays so please call ahead.
Check with local farmers who own livestock. Often times they'll be happy to let you muck out a stall.
For a list of local farms, check: www.buyfreshbuylocalcentralillinois.org
Tara Holcomb (217) 899-4562
Willow City Farm
550 South Koke Mill Road
Springfield, IL 62711
Alpaca manure free for scooping or $5 for 50lb. bag. Composted cow, chicken and horse manure also available.