This is probably a stupid question but I'm gonna ask anyway
I have four separate 2ish acre pastures. I have always mowed, mowed, mowed them, seeded, fertilized and herbicided them. I am less one horse this summer so one pasture can be rested all summer. If I let that pasture grass seed out will I essentially be seeding my pasture? Is that a good thing? Or am I better off maintaining it the same way as always?
Just wondering if I can lessen my mowing duties this summer
Depends where you are.
In the semi-desert like we are, yes, you try to take half and leave half and that goes to seed and helps reseed.
Some even feed seeds to cattle and those go thru them whole and also help reseed some pastures.
In other climates, where you get more rain and with cultivated grasses, you really are better off letting the runners do the covering, as the rougher, older grasses will impede healthy growth more than help, or at least that is what I remember from how to manage those.
We only have short native prairie grasses, so that half and half is what we have to do to keep a solid turf.
Hard to do in this drought, when nothing grows for several years.
You have to keep the weeds cut down or they will shade out your grasses. So it depends on how weed free your pasture is and how much work you feel like doing weeding or cutting those areas that do turn to weeds!
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