What grass is best?
I am planning on moving my horse from Austin, TX to Colorado Springs, CO. The pasture we are moving to isn't fertilized and the current owners don't fertilize the land. They let the grass just grow when it does and don't help it along. I was wondering if it would be smart to plant a different kind of grass, leave it like it is, or fertilize the already existing grass-if there is any...Please let me know your opinion; and if I should plant new grass, what kind it should be. Thank you!
I would test the soil and use an appropriate fertilizer. Also speak to the locals in that area (feed store would be ideal) to see what kind of pasture mix would be good to overseed the existing pasture. You want to try to use a mix of grasses as close to native as possible so that it will hold up to the climate without a lot of work. Be careful of how much fertilizer you use, too - too much or the wrong timing can mean harmful runoff and wasted money.
I would find the local cooperative extension (if there is one) and see what they think is best for that area and the conditions in the existing field.
They will know more than the people at the feed store and they will not have an agenda of trying to sell you something.
They probably aren't able to do much to help their pastures. They probably don't have irrigation water so fertilizing will only promote weed growth. Native grasses (which are best in arid conditions) do not tolerate fertilization but they are also slow growers and don't hold up to constant grazing. You can also overseed with a dryland variety of grass. CSU entension office and the local coop are the place to start.
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