Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Washington State
? on seeding pasture and maintenance
I have a few questions regarding pasture care.
We sorta over grazed our pastures when we moved in 2ish years ago. So we decided to reseed it Oct. 2013. I used a dryland pasture mix which is designed for our area, and meant to not have irrigation, as we don't irrigate.
I was told to keep them off of it for 2 years, as they can rip our roots, or their hooves cut them up too much. Other than that in the high of winter, they could go on it for a few hours at a time- if we wanted to let them have the space- as the snow and ground frozen-ness would protect it for the most part.
This winter was very wonky thaw-wise, so they never even touched it.
So fast forward to now... we have a good bit of green stuff coming in. I can't ID what was the original grass vs. what is seed, but don't care either way.
We have weed sprayed, might fertilize soon, aside from just trying to do a good job dragging old manure to and fro.
The grass is about knee high. If they aren't allowed on it to graze it, what do we do now? Do we leave it be, then it dies back in winter and comes back okay again in spring? I see the wild kept fields here do that, and they seem no worse for wear growth wise, come spring.
Or should we mow it down to a more growth helping length, say 6-8inches?
I am hoping we can leave it, as our property is FULL of rocks and boulders and old lava flow. The horses really can do a much better job of mowing than we ever could. I also don't own anything but a push lawnmower. Anyone you for several acres with that thing!?
Thanks for any insight! :)