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Author Topic: Weed control on Pasture  (Read 574 times)

Laura_Long

  • Joined Jul 2017
Weed control on Pasture
« on: February 04, 2018, 05:08:04 pm »
Hi All.

I have a 2.5 acre field that is laid to rye grass. It was cut for haylage last year in June and then was grazed by sheep Sept-Nov.  There are a lot of open patches without grass that weeds have taken root in. Mostly thistle and buttercup, and others I don't know the name of.

Any advice on how I can get rid of it without chemicals?  Will ploughing, rolling and re seeding work?  Is there a less drastic measure?

I plan to rent it to ponies or sheep again at some point so ideally want decent pasture. 

Thank you.
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SallyintNorth

  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Weed control on Pasture
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 05:46:15 pm »
For thistles, topping is best (when in flower before seeding), Fell or Exmoor ponies also works well. “Spudding” (digging them out with a device like a potato peeler on a stick) is said to work but is a lot of work.

I think liming might be your only option for buttercups. I guess do a soil test and take it from there.
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Buttermilk

  • Joined Jul 2014
Re: Weed control on Pasture
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 06:29:00 pm »
You will also need to put some grass seed on the bald spots.

 

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