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  • Box spring drag harrow
  • Pasture drag using box springs

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    07-18-2012, 11:10 AM
  #11
Yearling
I have about 6 acres of pasture with 4 horses, and like others, I mow and drag. I also pull the flowering weeds by hand. I have an armful of weeds every time I walk through the pasture.

It is important to set up a routine. Here's what I do...

1. I use temporary fencing so I can get my horses off the pasture for short periods.
2. Fertilize in spring. Fertilizer will help the grasses outcompete the weeds.
3. I harrow the manure weekly when there is no snow. We use a diamond harrow as well as a chain link gate.
4. Mow when plant get over about 8" high. Mow to about 4-6". I always follow mowing with harrowing.
5. I plan to overseed with a horseman's pasture mix either this fall or early in the spring when I take the horses off the field and keep them in the sacrifice area.
6. Rotational grazing forces the horses to eat the pasture down more evenly and makes managing manure easier because it is confined to a smaller area.
7. I try not to use pesticides, but if the above methods don't control the weeds, we do spot spray trouble areas.
     
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    07-18-2012, 12:10 PM
  #12
Weanling
I want to thank everyone for the advice. I knew I had to get it mowed but would not have known to drag as well. I have a busy weekend ahead. We have the posts in for the 2nd pasture so hopefully we'll have that completed soon and I can get on a regular rotation/maintenance plan.
     
    07-20-2012, 03:14 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I have the same TSC drag harrow in an 8x8 that I pull with my Massey 135.....The 8x8 drag is heavy and I use a boom pole to lift it but it pulls easy.

I'm glad ya'll reminded me.....I need to go out and drag mine!
     
    07-21-2012, 09:36 AM
  #14
Showing
My drag is an old 54" box spring pulled behind the mower. I cut my pasture clockwise and blow everything toward the middle and leave it. The box spring does a good job of breaking up the manure and scattering it. The sun kills the worm eggs that may have passed thro the horse. In spring when the ground is wet and the manure has thawed I'll pull the drag. I will then go over it again pulling a single set of old harrows with a tire on top. Armed with about 3lbs of timothy seed I'll hand toss it so that some ends up in the harrow scratches. I have been doing this for about 10 years and my pasture has greatly improved.
     
    07-21-2012, 10:13 AM
  #15
Green Broke
Not much help for the OP, but for those with grass. I overseed with rye grass in the fall, It grows quick and greens up about the time the other grasses are dieing for the winter. It will also green up and grow on those warm spells during the winter. The seed is cheap and cuts way down on winter hay expenses. As far as weed control sometimes herbicides are treatign symptons, buttercups and field milfoil are taking over because of high acidic soil which isnt great for grass anyways. If you are over run with those probably better off spreading lime. The grass will grow better and the weeds not so much. You do need to keep horses off a good while.
     

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