DH and I bought a farmette back in July. When we moved here pastures hadn't been touched by a a horse in a while so they were green and lush. Fast forward to now, had new fencing installed and moved our 2 horses here. Pasture quality went downhill as when the fencing company was installing it was rainy almost the whole time and their equipment killed a lot of the grass. Like last winter, it has been unseasonably warm with virtually no snowfall. I have 3 pastures to work with. Should I seed now or is it pointless? I also rotate the horses. Any advice on pasture management would be greatly appreciated, as I am totally new to this part of horse keeping; I boarded for 16 years and this is my first time having the horses at home. TIA!!
I am down south, so yeah, talk to people in your area, but I am thinking it is too late to reseed right now. Early spring is probably your best bet, if you can't wait til late fall. But the county extension will be more informed as to when you can successfully redo your fields.
But in the mean time you can do soil samples (they can also tell you how to do that)
I am in NY too (Capital Region)...and I would be afraid of them actually starting to grow with this crazy weather! From what I've been told, it is ok to "frost seed" in anticipation of spring -- some people do this in February, etc. but the theory is that the seed will be there ready to sprout in the spring. At this point the year, I would not want any actual germination to take place....because if it does you've wasted your seed (assuming it will actually freeze sometime).
I am desperately ready for the ground to freeze and stay frozen! I do not have a big enough sacrifice area to last all winter long (and make horses happy) -- I *can* keep them off the pasture but we are all miserable.
About the equipment killing the grass. I had a rutted field disc harrowed. I then york raked it several times to level out the the discing. And waited. The intact root system gave itself a shake, and decided to sprout. I never did seed that field.
But I didn't turn out on it either.
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