The Grass Is Always Greener: Top Tips For Pasture Management
Did you know, the months May and June see the fastest grass growth throughout the full year? With the abundance of fresh grass making an appearance, it's important to manage your pasture accordingly to maintain the regular growth of grass in a sustainable manner.
There is plenty you can be doing to improve your pasture management to make sure your grazing is in tip top condition this season... Read on to discover how you can improve you paddocks and manage your horse's pasture.
Sometimes your paddock may be in need of some TLC after the frosts of winter have passed. This is where fertilisers can come in handy. Fertilisers, such as Suregrow, add slow release nitrogen into the soil, improving grass growth in a sustainable way for a healthier and greener pasture.
The growth of weeds is also prevalent at this time of year (May - June) which is why weed control is essential. Weed control can be done by spraying, but we must stress the importance of choosing the correct spray for your paddocks and following any instructions during the spraying and afterwards also.
Weed management can also be done manually. For example, the common toxic plant of Ragwort can be removed with a Rag Fork. Ensuring your pasture is clear of poisonous plants is creating a safer area for your horse and it will also reduce seed dispersal; preventing an outbreak of weeds occurring.
It's never anyone's favourite equestrian chore, but it is certainly an important one. Poo picking on a regular basis not only makes for a cleaner environment, it also stops flies gathering, helps with worm prevention and encourages re-growth of grass - if droppings are left for a long period of time you will notice the the vegetation benefit will slowly die off.
If you're finding your horse has access to a large amount of grass it may be worth strip grazing your field to limit the amount of grass your horse has access to. Start by sectioning off an area of your field, let your horse graze that specific area and when you're ready, simply move the fence posts to section off a new area for them to graze off.
Strip grazing not only helps with grass intake, it can also help with grass growth and paddock recovery. Keeping your horse off certain areas of your pasture can help with grass growth and recovery meaning there should always be fresh grass growing. You can then use this method rotationally so you can be sure your horse always has an area of nutritious, fresh grass to eat.
Harrowing can be very beneficial when done at the correct time. We recommend harrowing your paddocks at the start of Spring. Harrowing works by removing dead grass and aerating the area ready for the fresh re-growth. Harrowing can also be helpful in levelling off a grazing area but this can also be achieved through a roller.
We hope you have gained some insight into pasture management and how to maintain a greener paddock this season. If you're unsure, please feel free to contact us regarding any queries.
18 May 2022