How do I choose (fresh, aged, contents)?
If you need mulch for landscaping, a manure pile with mostly bedding is a good choice. For improving garden soil, a material with little or no bedding is usually better.
Horse vs Cow manure?
Horses are less efficient at digestion than cows are. Consequently, horse manure may contain viable weed seeds in it, while cow manure will not. It is important to hot compost horse manure before spreading it.
How much do I need?
Calculate volume needed (depth x area) then convert to cubic yards (27 cubic feet in one cubic yard). Plan for the number of truck loads required for target volume.
What is the difference between “Fresh” and Aged”?
Aged material may be closer to ‘finished compost’ than newer material though it may take a little green material to get your compost pile cooking. Fresh material may begin to compost more quickly but it may have an “aroma” until it cooks a bit.
Is it safe for my garden?
Fresh manure in the garden carries a small risk that pathogens which cause disease may contaminate garden vegetables. To prevent illness use only composted/aged manure on food gardens. Do not use cat, dog, or pig manure in gardens or compost piles.