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ALL YEAR ROUND TASKS

By Paul Williams, Nov 13 2012 07:28PM

ALL YEAR ROUND TASKS

• Soil sample for pH (it should be around 6 to 6.5) and nutrient levels to assess what is required

• Pick up droppings to reduce parasitic burden and prevent selective grazing

SPRING

• Chain harrow, aerating and rolling to promote healthy grass growth and level poached areas

LATE SPRING, SUMMER

• Fertilise and lime according to soil samples

• Control weeds such as buttercups, docks, thistles and nettles and first and third ragwort spray

• Topping to encourage new leaf growth and increased sward density

LATE SUMMER, EARLY AUTUMN

• Weed control, as there will be another flush of weeds in August/September

• Second spray for ragwort

• Topping, as and where required

• Harrowing and overseeding. If paddocks are to be closed up over winter, this will prepare them for a good start in spring

WINTER

• Paddock rotation if possible. If not consider a sacrifice paddock or installing a bark turn-out area



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