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Making A Pasture

Discussion in 'Pasture, Hay, & Forages: Information & Management' started by Baymule, Aug 18, 2017.

  1. Oct 23, 2017
    Baymule

    Baymule Herd Master

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    It poured down early Sunday morning, woke us up at 3 AM. Thunder, lightening, HARD rain and hail. We got it done just in time! The powdered dust is wet now, the grass sprigs we planted are well watered and the grass seed got pounded into the sand. We got 2 inches.
     
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  2. Oct 23, 2017
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    Hope that does the trick for ya!
     
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  3. Nov 9, 2017
    Baymule

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    We loaded up the hogs out of pasture #2 on Sunday, November 6. DH got on the tractor to fill in the moon craters and smooth it out.

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    They had rooted up a lot of the Bermuda grass, but Bermuda likes that and will come back stronger next year. But if we had left them much longer, they would have utterly destroyed the grass.

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    While DH repaired hog damage, I went to the front part of the pasture and raked where the hogs had started rooting. They hadn't done a lot of damage there yet, thank goodness. That's where we had sprigged grass and covered it with mulch.

    We got busy on spreading mulch on the freshly smoothed dirt. On Sunday DH dumped 21 front end loader buckets of mulch and I spread it with a garden rake.

    Monday morning we hauled the hogs to slaughter, detoured through the car wash where DH blasted the trailer clean, then we went home. We spread 24 more FEL buckets of mulch in the pasture. We even covered up the patches of Bermuda grass to add humus and provide shade for the roots next summer.

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    After.

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    Then I sowed 50 pounds of Kentucky 32 non endophyte tall fescue, 50 pounds rye grass, 5 pounds chicory, 10 pounds white arrow leaf clover and 10 pounds white Dutch ball clover.

    Once again we finished just ahead of the rain. Yesterday it rained a slow drizzle all day long. We had 3/4" at 4 PM when I checked the rain gauge and it was still raining.
     
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  4. Nov 9, 2017
    frustratedearthmother

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    Perfect timing!