Seeding Pasture

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Seeding Pasture

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G'day. I have 3 acres of fairly flat pasture used for grazing 2 horses and 3 sheep. It is split up into 3 paddocks. After a hot summer with not much rain the grass has been grazed down a fair bit and hasnt really recovered much in some areas. The soil is fairly compacted too. I would eventually like to improve the pasture but dont want to spend thousands to do so. What would everyone recomend the best way to decompact the soil and seed the paddocks without disturbing the grass thats there too much? Ive heard that the greenpro 6 in 1 seeder is pretty good, and some people also reccomend a yeomans plow for the compaction issue?

Thanks, Matt.

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Hi Matt,

Welcome to the small farming forum, pleased to see you part of the community.

Before doing anything I would start with a soil test to assess the soils nutrients and physical properties. The soil test will also show if it is suffering from symptoms of slaking or crusting which could make it look like compaction. These issues can be easily corrected with an application of gypsum or dolomite.

Before using a yeomans plow I would firstly confirm that soil compaction is the actual issue and that is impacting on pasture production. The easiest way to do this is to dig a soil pit using a backhoe and assess the pastures root structure to see if there are any obvious signs of the roots not being able to penetrate the sub-soil.

I would be less concerned about the type of implement to use and more about firstly understanding the root cause of the problem.

Regards,

Charlie

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Hey Matt, I've used the the 6in1 and would say its perfect as the discs are cutting discs not tilling discs so wont disturb/kill the existing grass, and its super easy to manouvre around small paddocks and you can use just the discs to loosen up the compacted areas.I have some before/after photos using the seeder if you want to see them. cheers, JO

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Yes Id love to see the before and after photos. Cheers

Sheep wash farm's picture
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I would love to see your pics too. I have just been looking at this machine and trying To see if it’s worthwhile . Thanks

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