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    well, finally did the purchase. I believe I asked this a long time ago when I was researching them, but now that mine awaits my assembly out in the shed, I'm gonna ask again: For any of you who have one: in re furbishing pasture 'season' do any of you simply 'toss an amount of pasture seed' into the spreader filled with manure when you go to spread it?
    "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
    --Jimmy Buffett

    No, but that sounds like a great idea! I love my newer spreader.


      Winter sowing like that is a recommended method for pasture improvement. I have done it in the past with a regular large manure spreader. Could not tell if seed actually grew or not. Pastures were not bald to start. Good seed is not cheap, not using lawn mixes or annuals here in the North.

      I have gone to other seeding methods so that I can SEE sprouting later. I think chain dragging dirt to "open" it slightly, seeding with walking a drop spreader over the ground, then lightly dragging over ground again, works very well. You see the dropped seed going exactly where you want it, instead of disappearing like when I used the small rotary seed spreader. Also walking gets you plenty of exercise! Ha ha

      Keep the horses off if possible, until after first mowing at 4 inches, which gets good roots going. I also recommend spreading manure over the new seeded area and new grass sprouts. Gives it additional protection from rain washing seed or sprouts away and ground drying out. I can't wait a YEAR to use the pasture again, not enough land!

      We have machinery now and I use the cone 3-point spreader for big areas needing improving. Still drag it first or disc lightly. Then I spread seed using tractor, with wide, 8ft chain drag following to cover seeds lightly, all in one pass.


        Originally posted by ayrabz View Post
        well, finally did the purchase. I believe I asked this a long time ago when I was researching them, but now that mine awaits my assembly out in the shed, I'm gonna ask again: For any of you who have one: in re furbishing pasture 'season' do any of you simply 'toss an amount of pasture seed' into the spreader filled with manure when you go to spread it?
        Yes. I wore one out and haven't purchased a new one yet but I used to do that all of the time. Worked very well. I also spread intensively on my garden from late fall.. and I had the best soil ever.


          I add lime and nitrogen to my newer spreader all the time. Typically I just add a little to each muck buckets as they fill up (I only dump 1-2x a week, in between everything sits in the muck buckets). In our fescue seeding season (late fall through early spring) I add a scoop of fescue seed to the mix - I just put about 3/4 of a feed scoop's worth on the top of the manure pile and it mixes thoroughly once I engage the spreader. I think one bag of seed lasted almost 3 months. It certainly isn't taking the place of proper pasture management, but I can absolutely see where it is coming up and some thinner places are definitely getting a boost. I just don't bother adding it until I am ready to dump in case I am spreading in an area know to get run off and the rains are coming in, or if it is going to be below freezing in the upcoming week. The stuff's not cheap so I don't want to totally waste it!

          Last year I put annual rye in the spreader all winter long, again especially in the rough patches and the grass looked great. So this last fall I seeded with a mix of fescue and rye, then just added fescue as I spread.
          Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


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            Thanks you guys! great insights !!!
            "Indecision may or may not be my problem"
            --Jimmy Buffett