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post #1 of 15 Old 04-06-2011, 08:59 PM Thread Starter
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Will the Weed and stuff in the field turn into grass or what

Just about to start with the pasture in a few wks hopefully and I am using my neighbors field , or part of it and they used to every so often have someone come till it up with a tractor just to keep it from growing up with trees and stuff. As I can remember, last summer it was grown up but I forgot what it was with as my part of my land was grown up with small pines and stuff and I couldnt even see over there into the field that good. Now since October 2010 I have been working over there alot and my area is ready to go with the exception of 1 giant pile of trees to burn and one smallish one followed by another one even smaller. I will burn those hopefully next week.

The other part of my land is starting to grow grass. In the field it looks like greyish weed, like tall straws about 1-2 ft and I am wondering if it will turn to green grass or what?
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-07-2011, 01:36 AM
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Weed won't turn into grass unfortunately!! Depending on exactly what it is, I would slash it all and re-seed, to give some grass a chance to come up and push out the weed.
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yep, horses don't give birth to cows and weeds don't sprout grass.

Grass comes from grass seed - plant some!
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There are herbicides that kill everything but grass. My land is swampy and grows everything well and fast. I occasionally spray my fields to kill weeds and brush. Follow the directions carefully and keep livestock off of sprayed area for the required time. I also have a couple of goats they eat a lot of weeds and shrubberies.
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Can you mow it? The old dead grass will not grow again, just new stuff will grow up underneath it. If you mow it the new grass will get more sun and grow faster, and the clippings will help fertilize it as they rot. My pasture is the same- hasn't been used for 2-3 years and I plan to mow it as soon as it dries up enough.
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Can you mow it? The old dead grass will not grow again, just new stuff will grow up underneath it. If you mow it the new grass will get more sun and grow faster, and the clippings will help fertilize it as they rot. My pasture is the same- hasn't been used for 2-3 years and I plan to mow it as soon as it dries up enough.
that's exactly what I plan on doing today , Mowing it
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that's exactly what I plan on doing today , Mowing it
Mowing it won't make the weeds go away. They'll just grow back in with the grass.

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Mowing it won't make the weeds go away. They'll just grow back in with the grass.
at least though I can control it and once the horse gets there he can better control it
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Nope, the horse won't eat weeds. He'll just eat the grass, and you're still going to have to keep the weeds mowed down.

If you want to get rid of the weeds, get a goat or sheep. They're the only domestic herbivores who will eat scrub.

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post #10 of 15 Old 04-07-2011, 01:35 PM
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^^^ Exactly. Besides if you put horses in a pasture with weeds & grass they'll eventually end up killing/weakening the grass and the weeds will take over. Pasture management isn't as easy as it sounds sometimes.
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