We've been clearing out brush and trees from our fifteen acres. It's been slow going because we have to do it mostly by hand. We do have one chainsaw, but it's hard to keep it running with all the hardwoods and cedar we have to cut. We did finally get about five acres cleared off, and planted some winter rye in October - just to see if anything would grow, how well it would grow...sort of a poor man's soil test.
That rye came on like gangbusters, and is STILL growing. We've been turning the horses out on it every few days. It's helping to supplement their hay, and with it growing the way it is, there has to be some nutrition in it. We are very much regretting that we didn't put any fertilizer out when we drilled the seed - we'd really
have a nice stand, if we had fertilized it!
We don't turn the horses out if it's muddy, because I don't want them tearing up the ground before I can get some good turf going. We used to run four horses on our place and they couldn't keep up with the grass that was growing. Hopefully, careful management and a little more hard work will result in a really nice pasture again.