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    08-27-2012, 05:58 PM
  #11
Trained
Might be the best idea judging by how many weeds an obviously unpalatable grass there is.
But what happens to all the dead stuff, do we take it off or just reseed over it or plow it all under?
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    08-27-2012, 05:58 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I harrowed my hill side a couple of years ago, got 5 inches of rain, and lost a lot of top soil.

How ever you choose to get rid of the weeds, (I'd just mow), rather than harrow, I'd try to rent a no-till drill and reseed using it.

Less chance of losing top soil and as it places the seed at the correct depth it's much more likely to germinate and grow than seed that's spread.
     
    08-27-2012, 06:15 PM
  #13
Trained
Thanks, good advice. Won't have any problem with losing top soil, flat as a pancake here and 5" of rain....would be nice.....but highly unlikely (watch me and my luck, tho)
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    08-27-2012, 07:21 PM
  #14
Trained
If you kill everything with something like RoundUp, you can just use a seed drill to seed the grass. No need to harrow or anything else.
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    08-27-2012, 07:34 PM
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Trained
Okay, thanks everybody
Very helpful
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    08-30-2012, 02:06 PM
  #16
Yearling
The 2 4 D is the way to go. It kills off the broadleaf species and lets the grass take over. Spray.. wait a few days and then keep it mowed. You may want to drag your pastures after the cows leave too in order to spread the manure and aerate your pasture.
     
    08-30-2012, 02:28 PM
  #17
Trained
Thanks SLS, I guess that's the easiest. Oh, the tumbleweeds? They are eaten down pretty much but im afraid they'll come back with a vengeance once the cows are off. Does the 24D take care of them too?
The place was a dairy once and the soil is so dead, tw's are the only thing that grows in the pens where they had them
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    08-30-2012, 02:37 PM
  #18
Trained
No RoundUp

Funny, I was loading hay from my hay man yesterday, and asking advice about re-seeding a portion of my small pasture acreage. (I own 3 horses and keep them on 4 acres of divided turnout/grazing pasture/working areas.) We in IL usually don't need to irrigate, like you do.
He told me that it is standard practice to RoundUp a new pasture before you put in the seed, but he advised me against it bc it will need to sit for 2 weeks, and I need to get the seed into the ground ASAP, if it will come up high enough to survive our next winter. YOUR situation might be different. Our normal first frost is October 15th.
I need to reseed about half of my 1/2-3/4 acre South Pasture, L-shaped and flanked by 30 ft. Pine trees on the south and west sides. Usually I just mow to knock down the weeds bc it opens up the grass growing alongside. I'm tilling a 12 ft. Wide swathe tonight, adding manure for fertilizer (recommended), seeding and covering with grass clippings to keep the birds away. I grew carrots this summer this way, during our rotten drought, and most of them came up. (Carrots can be a difficult crop.)
Another piece of advice was to drag the tilled area before planting to level it out.
Good luck, and keep us up to date. I'll take pictures and let you know you MINE goes, too. =D
     
    08-30-2012, 02:55 PM
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Trained

We have maybe 2 or 3 nights in winter with slight frost, so I'm not really in a hurry. Guess we'll have to walk the pasture and do a weedcount...if it's more than half I'd say Roundup, if it's less than the 24D should do. Im planning on having the soil tested to see what's missing, tho. Its awfully patchy, parts are supershort and burned, others are lush green, but lumpy ...the short patches are from having horses tied to one spot for weeks on end. Not us, of course.
If we end up redoing it completely I guess we could spread the horse manure...when cows eat it down and horses go on after, the possible worm burden should not be a problem since they're from a different species, right?
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    08-30-2012, 03:00 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by deserthorsewoman    
Thanks SLS, I guess that's the easiest. Oh, the tumbleweeds? They are eaten down pretty much but im afraid they'll come back with a vengeance once the cows are off. Does the 24D take care of them too?
The place was a dairy once and the soil is so dead, tw's are the only thing that grows in the pens where they had them
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Yes, 2-4-D kills tumbleweeds.
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