We have 19 acres and I have 4 horses & 2 goats. The property has 2 large paddocks which have been used for farming sometime ago and they have furrows through them. I have a great property manager behind us who looks after 400 acres. He cut our hay when we moved in and will be spraying, rotary hoeing, flattening and seeding our pastures so they are flat and can be used properly. We will only be doing 1 paddock this autumn due to his time constraints. His rates are great but I want more info on pasture management so I understand what to do long term.
I will put a equine seed mix in but would have loved native pasture but it is just too costly. The paddock he is doing this year is not bad for weeds at all. The other paddock is full of cape weed, about 9 acres. It was sprayed before we moved in about 9mths ago but it is coming back. I will spray it soon and then it will be completely sprayed, flattened and re-seeded next year (autumn) most likely. But should I be fertailising this cape weed infested paddock to try and reduce the likley hood of it florrishing? How do I know what to fertilise with and when to do it?
I would prefer to not use herbicides long term.