Molbak’s is proud to partner with Woodland Park Zoo in offering this highly coveted, exotic compost. The sweet, aromatic Zoo Doo is made from the manure and bedding materials of the Zoo’s non-primate herbivorous (plant-eating) animals, including the new baby tapir, mountain goat kid, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and zebras.
This “poopular” compost can be used now for fall planting of trees, vines, and shrubs. It also makes a great top-dressing and protective layer for garden beds. Using Zoo Doo as a soil amendment in gardens is good for the environment. It helps to reduce the need for watering and fertilizer while building soil structure with organic materials and beneficial microbes.
You’ll need to bring your own five-gallon bucket – with a lid – and your own shovel. We do not have buckets available for purchase. Limit: two buckets per customer, while supplies last. $8.99/Bucket
From Pile to Bucket:
The Zoo Doo will be in a large pile and you will shovel your own poo.
Face Covering to enter Molbak’s and a Reservation to get your Zoo Doo
Gloves & a family member to help scoop
Rhino doo, giraffe doo, hippo doo, mountain goat doo, zebra doo, and many more non-primate, herbivore animals contribute.
In accordance with health and safety guidelines, at least six feet of social distancing will be maintained between staff and customers at the Zoo Doo Pop-Up scooping stations. We will be operating two stations accommodating four customers at a time.
To learn more about Zoo Doo visit www.zoo.org/zoodoo or call (206) 625-POOP (7667)
Woodland Park Zoo collects fresh manure and bedding materials from animal enclosures. Next, the materials are taken to the Zoo Doo yard for composting. The active composting phase lasts 30 days and the piles maintain temperatures between 135°F and 160°F, which allows for optimal decomposition of organic materials as well as destroying weed seeds and potential pathogens.
Active composting is followed by secondary composting, or curing, which is the decomposition process slowing down as the microbes finish breaking down the materials. During this phase, temperatures in the pile decrease, and the compost matures into a dark and crumby humus. After this 30 or more day process, the material looks and smells like rich organic soil or mulch, bearing little resemblance to its original components and is ready for use in home gardens!
Woodland Park Zoo composts approximately 500 tons of animal waste each year saving around $125,000 per year in disposal costs. Recycling the doo also keeps 500 tons of waste out of landfills! The sales of the Zoo Doo raises money for the Zoo.
Molbak’s is proud to support Woodland Park Zoo in their important recycling and fundraising effort.
Zoo Doo has the biggest impact when used fresh. It can be stored for a period of time, but it’s important not to store in an air-tight container for more than a few days. Fall is the perfect time to use Zoo Doo for fall planting of trees, shrubs, and vines.
If you aren’t planning on using Zoo Doo right away, make sure you’re covering it with a tarp or a similar material to prevent it from collecting weed seeds and from getting too wet or too dried out.
Zoo Doo Application for Vegetable and Ornamental Gardens
· For creating new beds, mix 1 part Zoo Doo to 2-3 parts soil to fill your new container of “remixed” Zoo Doo Garden compost. The concentrated Zoo Doo should be 1/4 to 1/3 of the total volume of the container.
· For established gardens, apply 1 inch of Zoo Doo annually.
· In spring, blend the compost into the soil before planting.
· In fall, apply compost for use as a top dressing and protective layer for the soil. Blend into the soil for the following spring.
Zoo Doo Application for Lawns:
· Apply a light 1/4 inch layer as a top dressing for established lawns after aeration.
· Aeration is normally done in late spring (May) or early fall (September).
New to using compost or need more information? Learn from Molbak’s composting and mulching experts.
If you live locally in King County, Washington state, you can get a free soil test from the King Conservation District. They test for Nitrogen, Phosphate, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, Sulfur, Organic Matter, pH, and Cation Exchange Capacity. The laboratory will analyze your soils and provide recommendations specific to your plant needs.
Soil Questions & Info:
The Tilth Alliance has soil and gardening information. You can email them or reach them on their hotline.
13625 NE 175th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
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