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Vetch...Help...and %^*@

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  • Vetch...Help...and %^*@

    I need COTH advice again! We cleared our back paddocks late August using the mulching method , planted pasture seed with a brillion seeder early fall, and overseeded the heck out of it with a spreader early spring before the ground thawed. Grass was coming up fine but it now looks like vetch exploded in large areas of the paddocks.

    I read it is an annual and that it is most toxic to horses when it begins to seed. We've had a late start to spring and it has not gone to seed yet. If we mow it down and I hand rake it up before it seeds will this help eliminate the weed eventually? I live in the frozen north and with it being an annual plant that can't withstand our winters, I am hoping this is a successful strategy as I really don't want to use any chemicals on the paddocks.

    Advice please on getting rid of this retched vetch. If I have to hand pull it so be it but hoping there is an easier way.

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    Not sure why you object to chemicals for weed control since the farmer you buy hay from is definitely using something to keep his/her hay fields weed free . . .suggest you research Trimec Classic --I spray annually with it on all my pastures to kill broad leaf weeds (does not harm grass). I keep horses off for 7 days or until there's a hard rain. I am 100% weed free. Husband figured (years ago when we started spraying for weeds instead of mowing) that I reduced hay consumption by 20-40 bales as parts of the pasture were previously total weed infestation and no grass. Now all 20 acres are grass. At the time I spray Trimec, I also spray at the same time Coron --a fertilizer to boost the grass. I make one pass over all 20 acres --once a year. Neighbor mows every month May-Oct --my pastures look better and are more productive. Added bonus --no burrs!


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      I am far from knowledgeable on this topic, but my paddocks were overrun with hoary vetch some years ago. Consistent, heavy applications of lime solved the issue for me in about 2 seasons. Also got rid of the buttercups.
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