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post #1 of 7 Old 04-07-2011, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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What to do with overgrown pasture?

I have a 30 acre pasture that is overgrown with very long grass that the horses could not eat up last year. It is also very weedy, with a lot of cockleburs and burdocks. What should I do with this pasture? Pull the current weeds and then spray? Bush hog the grass down to a good level? Bush hog the whole thing? Burn it? How long would it take to come back to be able to be grazed on if we burnt it off? Any suggestions appreciated!!

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-07-2011, 10:49 AM
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I would brush hog then spray. The spray works better when the weeds and brush are shorter. You may want to dig out and burn the Burdocks if you can.
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Invite me over. My horse could use some free grazing. ;)

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The problem is they won't eat the long stuff, so I have 30 acres of wasted pasture IMHO. But, when we get it short, c'mon over!!

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post #5 of 7 Old 04-07-2011, 04:47 PM
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Burning it will get rid of all those cockle-burs and everything. Contact your local fire department and ask them what their guidance is on burning an overgrown pasture. They usually have a procedure :)

It usually only takes one season or whatever to grow back. And it generally grows back way more healthy.

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-07-2011, 05:27 PM
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Brush hog it, then mow it with a regular tractor. That's what we have to do every spring.
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-07-2011, 05:56 PM
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There are tons of people around here who use controlled burns to start over with their pastures. Around here, burns are usually done in late winter or early spring before the new growth starts to come up. It will have some grass come up in the spring, but it will take usually a year to really come back strong. If you plan to keep your horses on there after you burn, you will probably need to supplement their grazing with hay just to make sure they have enough without overgrazing the newly sprouting pasture.

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