In the upcoming months, the grass will begin to grow at a slower pace. Being able to maintain healthy pastures is going to become more crucial. So to help, we have complied a few key points for your pasture maintenance.

How to keep the pastures alive

How to keep the pastures alive

Rotate your pastures! There are several benefits to rotating pastures. First, pasture rotation gives your pastures time to rest and grow. Grass should not get below 4 inches or else the roots risk becoming weak. The stronger the grass roots become, the less likely weeds will be able to invade.

Overgrazed pastures struggle to hold onto soil often allowing erosion. Overgrazed pastures also have higher parasite counts because horses spend too much time in the one confined space and therefore defecate multiple times in close proximity.  If the pasture is not given time to rest and if the manure is not spread, you risk having high parasite counts.

When the grass starts to grow slower and winter begins rolling around, consider dedicating one pasture as the sacrifice area The sacrifice area will become overgrazed and the horses will need hay, but the other pastures can maintain their growth. Also, during poor, rainy weather, the sacrifice area will prevent the other pastures from being torn up.

Lastly, you can make sure your pastures have the proper nutrient levels by conducting a soil test. A soil test will determine the best fertilizer and lime requirements.  The results of the test will improve your pasture growth and the carrying capacity of your soil.

By Anna Hellman


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