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4 Winter Pasture Management Tips

You may get a break from lawn or pasture mowing for a few months during the winter, but that does not mean you should do nothing at all. Put on your rubber boots, and some thick gloves, and get started on the winter pasture management tips mentioned below. There are probably already a thousand things you do to get your pasture or meadow into shape before the spring, adding these to the list will add to your bottom line. Don’t forget to add your tips at the bottom in our comment section.

Weed out the weeds

If you have patches and tufts of thick clover, or other perennials growing in your lawn or pasture this winter, and your chief crop is not clover or other perennials, but lawn or pasture grass, winter affords you a good opportunity to do something about the problem. A non selective herbicide can be applied while the lawn or pasture grasses are dormant, and this will prevent the need for using a selective herbicide when the grass starts to turn green and you realize the problem exists. If you do this, do not think that using more than the label suggests will assure better results, because it will not. What you could end up with instead is a patch of bare ground due to “salting out” the spot, so follow those label directions, and avoid the problem. Remember, the label is the law!

Prepare for the running of the bull thistles

Thistle in pasture

In many areas of the south, early spring brings on a crop of bull thistles, so if you intend to do anything about them, you should start planning for it now.If you had a small thistle crop last year, you will likely have a much larger one this year, and they are much easier to treat when young and tender, before the stalks start to show. Having the right chemical on hand, or enough manpower if you want to do it manually, for immediate treatment when the conditions are just right may mean the difference between getting rid of them altogether, or having an even bigger problem the following year. Order your chemicals, or start enlisting friends now!

Increase your pasture size without increasing property taxes

Winter can also be a great time for removing brush, weeds, and rubble. Most pastures and meadows I see could almost double in usable space just by cleaning up fence rows. Imagine adding from a 25 to 100% more hay or grazing area to your property simply by “taking out the trash”! You probably already fertilize the area, so stop fertilizing the weeds, and take advantage of the expansion.

Equip yourself

Get your equipment into the shop, and make sure that everything is in tip top condition. It is always a pain in the rear to go to start a tractor and find that it won’t crank to save your life. This can cause you to lose momentum and valuable time. There are fluids to check, batteries to test, minor repairs to be made, and lubricating and sharpening to be done. While you’re at it, check your power and hand tools as well. You may need that chainsaw to clear some brush, and if your shovel is missing, you should know that before it is time to use it.

Your turn

There are hundreds of things to do in preparation for spring, these 4 tips are just the tip of the iceberg. You probably have some great ones yourself, and since we shared with you, it’s only fair that you share with us and the other readers. Write a comment containing your favorite tip in the comment section below this article, and help someone else.


Land And Lake Management

There is a lot of land in the United States That is not being used. Some of this land is native habitat and conservation land, and that is great. Such lands serve multiple purposes meeting important needs like preserving native habitats for maintaining biodiversity, wildlife preservation, erosion control, and aesthetics, to mention only a few. I consider this to be productive, and this is not what I am talking about.

The fact is, that much of the land mass of the United States is owned by people who do not use the land to produce anything, but who bought the land with some vague vestigial sense of an agrarian lifestyle, but who have little concept of what that entails. The same is true with ponds and lakes.

There is an indelible imprint on the human psyche urging us to posses land and live near water even though modern technology has solved most of our agricultural and water delivery needs in most of the western world. It is primal self-preservation which spurs us on.

I will be the first to say that there is nothing wrong with this, and in fact, it may be wise in the event of a tragedy of some type, (don’t think that such a tragedy cannot happen) but what do we do with that land, and those bodies of water if you are not quite ready or able to plow yourself right into farming?

People love being near lakes.

Even if you are just saving the land for the day when some great disaster strikes, or until retirement, whichever comes first, you can’t just let acres of land and water sit idle. They will revert, and what they revert to will not be pretty! They must be maintained, just as our homes and lawns must be maintained, and most of us lack the knowledge, skills, and equipment to handle more than an acre or two of land or water.

Your options are, to do nothing, to do the work yourself, to pay someone to do the work, or to find creative ways to handle the opportunity. That’s where Home And Garden Press can help!

In our sections on Land Management, and Lake Management, we deal with these issues, and offer advice and creative solutions for the perplexing problems of property owners.

Mowing Options Chemical Mowing

Mowing Options Chemical Mowing

Land Management Mowing options chemical mowing

Mowing can be a chore, 10 acres of mowing can take a lot of your valuable time, or a lot of money to hire someone to do it for you.

There are alternatives to mowing, even options that might make you a little extra spending cash. This option will cost money, but it will cost a lot less than the mowing option, and leave wildlife in place, while giving your watch and your wallet a little relief. That option is chemical mowing, and before you decide to reject it outright because of environmental concerns, you should read the rest of this page.

What is chemical mowing and trimming?

Chemical mowing and trimming are the terms used to describe the process of treating weeds and weedy grasses with a chemical to inhibit growth. Mowing chemically retards the growth of the plant, while still allowing it to provide erosion protection.

Many fence rows are adjacent to highway right of ways, and killing the grasses present may not be a good option, but suppressing the growth will save hours of backbreaking labor.

A proper treatment, with proper chemicals at the proper time, can virtually eliminate mowing and trimming for an entire growing season with as few as two treatments per year. Comparing this to the cost of mowing and trimming such areas, it is a real bargain.

Chemical mowing and the environment

A very good argument can also be made, that chemical mowing of pasture type areas has environmental advantages over mechanical mowing. There is less debris in the runoff to clog drainage, and less harm to wildlife living in such areas. Chemical mowing does not destroy the cover used by wildlife, it merely slows it down, ground nesting birds, and small mammals and reptiles living in the area can carry on as though nothing had happened, instead of being chopped to bits by a mower.

Chemical mowing products

Preventive growth regulators

The first class of chemicals is “pgr’s” these are preventive growth regulators. Most of these work by miniaturizing the plant, and can produce some amazing results both in growth rate, and lawn quality. What is the downside? These chemicals normally reduce wear tolerance, and are pretty expensive.

Systemic herbicides

The second class is systemic herbicide, used in lighter than normal dosages. salts of glyphosate are a good example. Most 41% glyphosate products are labeled for this use, and instructions on the proper methods and mixtures are included.

Chemical mowing and yellowing

One thing that you should be prepared for if you choose to use chemical mowing, is the fact that there will be some yellowing of the treated grasses. Usually the amount of yellowing that you are prepared to put up with will help you to determine the amount of time that the treatment will be of benefit. The yellowing can be overcome by fertilization.

Chemical mowing: Other uses:

If you are not comfortable with treating an entire lawn, or pasture, you can still use this process to chemically trim around walks, the edges of buildings and around such items as posts, fences, and trees. A light dose of a growth regulator around the base of a tree can help avoid such things as “Mower or trimmer blight” caused by the destructive forces of trimmer string or mower decks contacting the tree and taking off bark.

Chemical vegetation control in highway right of ways, should only be practiced by properly licensed individuals or companies.

See also: Chemical Trimming and Land Management Mowing Alternatives For Large Acreage