Making A Pasture

Senile_Texas_Aggie

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Miss @Baymule,

I had buffalo grass as a lawn grass at our first house in McKinney. It was in full sun grown in the Dallas black clay, and it did just fine. At our second house, we had Bermuda in the back yard that eventually died off due to so much shade as the shade trees grew. I then sodded it with Zoysia, which did fine in the shade as well as sun. I don't know how Zoysia would do as a pasture grass. You could always plant Bahia, as that grass takes the Texas heat quite well.

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Thank you @Senile_Texas_Aggie I bought giant Bermuda grass seed from Hancock, their price was the best. I look for my best deal, LOL The seed company in Tyler has 50# of Crimson Clover for $55, haven't found it anywhere that cheap. My husband loves Crimson Clover and planted it on the sides of the driveway and along the road. It reseeded well so we'll be planting it on our "new" ground. I'll check out that rye grass. White ball clover also reseeded well, White arrowleaf clover did not reseed and performed poorly.

Hearne Seed has a perennial rye pasture grass that I am going to investigate further, it's a bit pricey though. I think it will take me several years of intensive management to get the pastures I want. My plan is to plant the giant Bermuda for summer grass, slowly add other species. The giant Bermuda grows fast and recovers well, it will establish quickly. There is already Bahia on select places on our place, it is a good hot weather grass.

We have to build a new fence to contain the horses so they don't stomp and eat down the new grass that will be getting established.
 

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I sowed rye grass and crimson clover in Pastures 1, 2, and 3. We put up a cow panel fence to keep the sheep off pasture 3, it runs behind the barn and gives them a little room to stretch their legs. Sheep are on dry lot, they don’t like me much. LOL Here is Pasture 3, I’ll get pictures of 1and 2.

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We machete chopped out the stump regrowth and the green briars that sprouted out. It’s looking good now. The crimson clover is coming up too. I have seeded all 3 pastures heavy.
 

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These are pictures of pasture #2. The winter grasses are coming up. I have to keep the sheep off while they grow.

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This green patch might be Dutch white clover. It doesn’t get tall, but it grows well into June.

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This patch has clovers, fescue, rye grass, poor joe and lambs quarters

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Here is vetch, chicory, clovers, rye and fescue

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Pasture #1 is showing green! The sheep are on dry lot to give the grass a chance to grow. This is my strip of giant Bermuda that I watered and nursed all summer. It is established now and will come back next spring. There is still some green Bermuda showing.

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The next two pictures show rye grass coming up. We cut some more trees to open it up a little.

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We scattered hay from around the Sheep round bale.

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I finally had to stop watering the giant Bermuda I babied all summer, the drought and heat promptly fried it to a dry crunchy brown. It fell over and laid down a good layer of humus. We finally got rain and the Bermuda came back out, that is some tough grass! This picture shows the mat of fried Bermuda with clover, rye and fescue coming through. There is poor joe coming up too, the sheep love it.

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