View Full Version : Seeding the pasture.... help?

TPF Hunter
May. 10, 2011, 11:53 AM
I know its a bit late and that seeding should be done early spring, but I figure its better late than never!

We have several pastures that we divide up so the horses can rotate on an off certain sections to allow the pasture to grow. We spread our manure and stall cleanings in pastures, open areas and on trails.....

Anyways I figure while the horses are off certain sections of the grass I might as well fertilize, spread seed, and kill weeds. I have heard of putting seed inside the manure spreader with fresh " stall muckings" and spreading it that way. I was going to give it a shot. I have been told to stay away from Fescue, what other types of seed should be avoided and which work best? I have seen a "horse pasture seed mix" at the local hardware store- anyone have any luck with this?

We live in SC and are getting plenty of rain this month if that makes a difference...

Any advice, or ideas are much appreciated!

May. 10, 2011, 12:01 PM
Plant whatever thrives in your area. Fescue is fine, I planted endophyte free fescue, orchard and white clover and it has done really well. I would probably not mix the seed in fresh manure, besides being a gross process, if it is too "hot" it may kill the seeds.

TPF Hunter
May. 10, 2011, 12:35 PM
This is what I bought and then was told that fescue shouldnt be used???


How can I tell if it is endophyte free? Thanks!

May. 10, 2011, 01:03 PM
Kentucky 31 isn't endophyte-free - but it's the endophyte that helps the grass be as tough as it is.

The very short version is that fescue is "bad" if you have broodmares and you allow them to graze on it during the later stages of pregnancy.
More info from Cornell: http://www.ansci.cornell.edu/plants/toxicagents/fesalk.html

Endophyte-free fescue is available (as mpsbarnmanager has), but (my local Extension agent guy says) that it's not as tough as the regular Kentucky 31 - it may be different in your area of the country. I'm personally trying out a fescue with a "friendly" endophyte in my new pasture: http://www.fescue.com/info/maxq.html. Has the endophyte, but it's been modified to eliminate the toxicity issue. Planted it last fall and the farmer who did the planting is going to take the first cutting of hay off of it sometime this month.

Definitely look up your local extension agent (ours are based by county) and find out what they recommend based on your soil type/climate/exact location. Mine was very helpful in telling me exactly what I needed to plant based on what I wanted to do (create pasture) and where we're located.