SOIL, COMPOST, MANURE, STRAW and more
Hot out of the barn! County residents can kick-start their compost pile with free horse manure from the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Horse Barns in Berea. Bring your own container or pick up truck and tools and load the manure yourself.
1. Go to the horse barn area of the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. The speed limit around the horse area is 5 MPH for the protection of people and animals.
2. Please check with someone at the barns first, so the horse people are aware and can guide you to which large outside manure bin you can load your containers.
If you're closer to the Cleveland Mounted Unit barn, you can ask them too. Again, you'll need to bring your own containers and tools.
Logan Labs is located in Lakeview, OH. They are available Monday-Friday from 8am-4pm by phone 1-888-494-SOIL to discuss your testing needs and results. Soil tests take 3-4 days to complete. See the Soil Test Options Here.
The UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Instructions for sample submission are on the website.
Soil Lead: Testing, Interpretation, & Recommendations Fact Sheet from UMass Amherst
Every spring and fall, Zoo members and local residents have the opportunity to purchase a bulk scoop or smaller quantities of the camel, elephant, giraffe, kangaroo, reindeer, rhino, and zebra compost known as ZooPoo Compost.
For just $45 a cubic yard (non tax-deductible) — $60 for two yards — the compost is loaded into your pickup truck. You may purchase smaller quantities if you bring your own container (we'll supply the shovels) — 30-gallons (fill any hard-sided container equal to 30-gallons, i.e. garbage can, Rubbermaid totes, etc.) for $15 or a 5-gallon bucket for $5.
Leaf Humus is available around April 1st to mid-April provided by the City of Cleveland Heights. Pick-up location is in the Forest Hills parking load off of Forest Hills Blvd.
Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District Make your own soil-enriching compost by building and maintaining a backyard compost pile with leaves, grass and other organic materials.