This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
F. R. Elliott rocommends in the Cleveland Herald the following fertilizers: Bone meal is the only one that can give off a bad odor, and if that could be sown upon a light snow, or just before a rain, the ammonia would probably be washed into the ground before much would pass into the air.
"We are aware that it is a long old time practice to dress the lawn in autumn with coarse manure, and so make the whole foreground of a gentleman's place the apparent receptacle of his stable yard for the winter, but, thanks to our American ideas of propriety, and our knowledge of assimilation of plant food, we now measurably ignore the dogmas of old country gardeners and use specifics, i. e., just now we apply salt at the rate of four bushels to eight bushels per acre, bone meal in same * quantity, and plaster one-fourth. The sooner these manurial agents, all except the plaster, are now applied, the better, unless it be upon a lay of land so sloping that the coming rains, with melting of snow and ice, will cause the commingling or detrition of the manures to wash away with the falling water. In such locations we should not apply our specifics as above named, until the snow and ice are gone, but then we would make no delay. The application of the plaster, i. e., its sowing, should be just after the grass has made an inch or more of growth."