Spring Pasture Management 

With extra time on my hands, this year I’ve scarified the lawn to remove moss and dead grass – the equivalent of harrowing – applied a moss killer, and cut it short – the equivalents of topping?! – before liming it to increase the pH level and discourage future moss, and reseeding it. Hopefully in a month or so I’ll have a catalogue perfect lawn!
Has anyone else done their spring jobs in the fields this last couple of weeks?

The Rubber Curry Comb

Hopefully by now you’ve all had a hint of spring… some warm days, a bit of sunshine on your back, the daffodils and crocuses are decorating the verges, and the grass is growing.

So it’s time to turn our attention to looking after the paddocks.

As soon as the fields are dry enough to get a tractor or ATV (all terrain vehicle) on then it’s time to help the fields recover.

Fields, no matter how much grazing is restricted over winter, become poached so they need to be rolled. Rollers are heavy so there’s a fine line between the ground being too wet that the ground is compacted, and for it to be too dry that the poached areas aren’t flattened.

The other big job to do is harrowing. The harrow, which is like a large rake, aerates the soil, pulls up any dead grass and weeds, and encourages a…

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