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post #31 of 46 Old 08-30-2012, 02:52 PM
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If the pasture is overgrown with weeds, and you want to add manure for organic , I would spray, kill the weeds, Tumble weeds (russian thistle) seed themselves , and it can take a lot of weed killer, discing etc to get rid of them.
When we redid our pastures, sprayed ,added manure I have terrible soil here, added fertilizer, disced harrowed, and reseeded. I get stinging nettles which are just about as hard to get rid of as tumble weeds, foxtails, a type of burr.
If you are not overgrown with weeds, and can grain drill your seeds then I would not see the extra time of discing.
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I'm not overgrown with weeds. A LOT, but not all of my south pasture's grass dried up and died, and the weeds didn't.
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Lil. I tried the same thing for our problem, cockleburrs, before going to 2-4-D. I found out the hard way that if you don't get the whole root, they're back again after the next rain. 2-4-D does a very effective job.
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Yeah, I could swear the tumbleweeds are throwing raspberries at hubby
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If the pasture is overgrown with weeds, and you want to add manure for organic , I would spray, kill the weeds, Tumble weeds (russian thistle) seed themselves , and it can take a lot of weed killer, discing etc to get rid of them.
When we redid our pastures, sprayed ,added manure I have terrible soil here, added fertilizer, disced harrowed, and reseeded. I get stinging nettles which are just about as hard to get rid of as tumble weeds, foxtails, a type of burr.
If you are not overgrown with weeds, and can grain drill your seeds then I would not see the extra time of discing.
when living across the big water we gradi a real problem with stinging nettles. I noticed some of my horses were trying to eat them but got stung, if course. Then I found that nettles have a lot if good stuff in them, like cleansing qualities. I did notice that horses would eat dried nettles. So I started cutting them down and leaving them. They ate them. Not always, but there seemed to be times they would need them.
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yes we have lots of rules. If you buy weed killer at home depot or lowes etc, then you can use it whenever. If you get Ag strength you have to register and call before you spray. Each County has it own rules and regs. If you have the blunt nosed blue belly lizard or the kangaroo rat you cannot do much (dont ask don't tell )
Hopefully all the drought stricken areas will get rain this year ! Isaac is helping out ;) just don't want uneeded flooding in those areas
I would have rather not had to redisc, but I am surrounded by foothills and tons of weeds, and we broadcast seed.
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Sounds like it would be best to see the county extension agent....to make sure we're within the rules.....geezzzzz
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I thought I'd share my Photobucket Album.
Pasture Replant Project Photos by ducks4you_2009 | Photobucket
I finally finished re seeding last week. Buster, Rose (black BC mix) and Pyg (Lab mix) AND the cats ALL helped...in their own ways. =b

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OH, the last photo shows storm tree damage to my fencing last August. The limb has been removed, but I still need to fix the metal. Don't worry--this is between my "inner sanctum" in front of the barn and my south pasture, where the horses don't get to go.

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They are very important, I guess you realize that....somebody had to make sure it's done right

Well, I wish my pasture was nice and level...now that the cows have it eaten down, I see it's awfully bumpy. The guy who had it before irrigated, left the water on for two, three days at a crack, and had the livestock on it. So they created the craters im seeing now. Plus there's an old irrigation ditch right through the middle, another potential hazard.
We did find a custom farmer, but he's so hard to get a hold off....want him to have a look and give suggestions. We will get a first cut of hay off, that's for sure.
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