GRASSLAND MANAGMENT & PADDOCK MAINTAINENCE
This is usually best carried out in the spring or early summer, but is dependent on the weather and ground conditions. It needs to be dry enough to carry the weight of the tractor without causing damage to the ground.
Harrowing helps remove dead grass; this provides space for remaining healthy grass to fill.
Harrowing also breaks up the surface of the ground allowing for improved drainage along with an increase in available nutrients for plant uptake.
This disturbance of the ground surface encourages tillering (grass to grow new shoots). This increases the sward density, reducing the chance for weeds to take hold in your pasture.
Our spring tine harrow can be altered to provide a variety of tine angles depending on conditions and what you would like to achieve. It folds to fit through most standard gates but is wide enough to give high outputs when working.
Our harrows have strong 8mm spring steel tines and follow ground contours using floating frames to ensure optimum performance.
Flat Grassland Rolling
Rolling is usually performed in the spring when the ground has just started to dry, often following harrowing. As with harrowing timing is important, if the ground is too wet it can increase compaction problems, if it’s too dry it will be less effective in leveling the ground.
Rolling levels uneven ground caused by grazing and turnout over the winter months. It repairs hoof marks, ruts from vehicles and general surface damage and is very beneficial both from a soil health perspective as well as cosmetically.
Rolling helps crush the grass crowns which encourage the plant to tiller out and stimulate growth. This spread of growth provides better grass cover and yield during the growing season. More grass will also result in better suppression of weeds like docks and ragwort.
Rolling often follows harrowing, and will push any stones that have risen to the surface back into the soil making the ground more comfortable for horses to walk on and reduces the risk of damaging their feet.
Fertiliser feeds the soil and promotes grass growth. The type and amount of fertiliser will vary depending on what the ground is used for as well as the number of horses it will need to support.
Fertiliser is usually applied in early spring; a second application can be applied later in the grazing season if required.
Bagged fertilisers are quickly released into the soil. This can lead to rich lush grazing, this may not be suitable for horses and ponies as it could potentially increase the risk of digestive problems and laminitis. This issue can be reduced by using specialist fertiliser for horse grazing purposes. Horses do not normally need to be removed following its application.
For spring/summer growth an application rate of around 80 – 100kg per acre is suggested. If you are planning to graze throughout the winter, another late autumn application of around 60kg per acre should help to maintain a dense sward contributing to reduced poaching.
Before carrying out fertilising soil analysis recommended, this will determine your paddock’s nutrient levels. Once this is known we can establish the correct fertilizer blend required to make the most of your grassland.
Please call or email and we can discuss soil sampling or arrange a fertiliser solution to meet your requirements.
Topping can be an important tool for good grass management. It shortens the length of your grass to a more suitable grazing height. 5cm is a good height and promotes new growth to start from the finished topping height.
Certain parts of fields and different types of grasses will often grow faster, this can result in parts turning "sour" and being left by animals.
Topping can also help in keeping unwanted weeds in check.
Soil sampling is vital to ensure that soil can be correctly treated and promote healthy grass growth.
Soil sampling is done by taking a lots of small samples that covers the ground being tested. Following this several laboratory tests are carried out. The results are passed to our agronomist who will provide recommendations including amount and type of product.
PH testing determines the pH level of the soil. 6.5 is the pH level recommended for horse pasture.
A low pH level may mean the grass will grow poorly and provide only partial or patchy grass growth.
A high pH level can result in other problems, some elements in the soil can become unavailable, which often means the grass has deficiency.
Applying lime is a great way to restore your ground to the correct pH level and get the best from you grass.
Along with pH, there are 3 other important elements that need consideration to support optimum grass growth.
Nitrogen encourages stem and leaf growth, phosphate and potash contribute to good root and grass health. If these elements are unbalanced it may be necessary to apply fertiliser to correct them.
Muck Heap Removal
We offer a muck heap collection and removal service.
We will only remove manure if it is not combined with any other types of waste.
50% of the charge is refundable following tipping and establishing that the muck is not contaminated.