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– Scarifying will help to promote new spring and summer grazing by removing any loose moss and thatch that are stopping the air circulating into the soils surface.
How To Seed & Overseed A Paddock
When considering what seed to use, look for the inclusion of creeping red fescue and ryegrass. This will aid the rapid repair of damaged swards and also produce a dense matt of grass which reduces damage to grass and will therefore also aid hoof protection from stones. A typical breakdown of the P addock Grass Seed we hold in stock would be:
– Lightly rake or roll to mix the seed in to the surface.
Top Tip: Adding new seed to the sward will help improve the vigour & overall look of the field. Only 50% of the original varieties remain in your grass after 5 years; generally, weed grasses replace those lost which are of course less productive.
Purchase seed well in advance of overseeding. High quality seed is in high demand in the fall and may not be available at that time.
written by Ray Smith – Overseeding of pastures is an excellent management tool that improves pasture production, forage quality, and ensures a good ground cover the following year without major pasture renovations. Overseeding consists of planting seed in a field with existing grass cover in order to fill in bare patches and thicken the stand. It can be done over the entire pasture or limited to trouble areas. The best time for overseeding is the fall when weed competition is low and ideal growing conditions exist for cool-season grasses.
The following recommendations will increase the chances of a successful overseeding application:
Controlling competition from weeds is an important step in overseeding. While herbicides are an effective way of controlling weeds, spraying may also hinder young seedlings, resulting in a failed establishment. Carefully check the label for the recommended waiting period before seeding. In general, weeds are less aggressive in the fall, making it the best time to overseed. Usually, close mowing or grazing can help seedlings establish.
Allowing time for seedlings to establish is another critical step in overseeding. Returning livestock to an overseeded pasture too soon can wipe-out any seedlings by grazing or trampling. Ideally, a pasture should have six to eight months of rest after overseeding before heavy grazing resumes; however, a few sessions of light grazing can generally be tolerated by seedlings. Another option is to take a spring hay cutting before returning to full grazing. If it is not possible for animals to be removed from the pasture for six to eight months, consider using temporary fencing and overseeding half of a pasture one year, then the other half the next.
Many overseeding applications fail to establish due to grazing the pasture too soon after seeding and grazing too heavy the first 6– 8 months.
Proper seeding method is also an important factor in overseeding success. The goal of any seeding method is to place the seed ¼ to ½ inch into the soil and cover it to achieve good seed to soil contact. Using a no-till drill is recommended to provide the best chance of success. Harrowing before and after broadcast seeding is another seeding method; however it is much less accurate and effective than a no-till drill. Using a cultipacker or roller after the harrow method can help improve seed to soil contact. Finally, frost seeding is an option for overseeding clovers. Frost seeding is broadcasting seed onto the ground during mid to late February and relying on the freeze and thaw cycle to work the seed into the soil. Frost seeding works well with red and white clover, but success is limited with grasses and alfalfa.