Mowed Pastures

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  1. casey2

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    Hi all, I was wondering how long after the pasture has been mowed can I put the horses out on it One of our pastures was mowed about 4 days ago. Do I just let all the dead grass rot till I cannot see it anymore?
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  2. gluey33

    gluey33 Senior Member+

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    How warm is it where you are? How long was the pasture? It needs to be well wilted and starting to dry out.
     
  3. KristinJ

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    hmmm, i mow my pasture weekly and my horses go right on it ... we like to keep the grass SHORT (around 2-4 inches). sorry I am of no help ...
     
  4. gluey33

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    Why the mowing?
     
  5. mftx4

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    We also mow about once a month. Grass will keep growing, but if you have a problem with weeds, mowing keeps them knocked off before they can set seed and spread. Have a large patch of sandburrs that I have yet to be able to get rid of, even with sprays. If anybody has a remedy, I'd sure like to hear it.
     
  6. pippy

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    Start digging them out :D
     
  7. KristinJ

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    I need to mow to keep the bugs down. my horse is HIGHLY allergic to bug bites and with longer grass it just enables them to breed easier. I also have lots of pasture so I don't really worrk about mowing away their food. Plus my dad is a perfectionist with the yard and even weed wacks around the fence posts .... LOL!
     
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    Tried the digging and unless you get the entire root, they come back, kinda like creeping charlie.
     
  9. doublebarr

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    Spot spray Bushmaster (24D and Banvel at a 50/50 mix) no residual. Doesn't kill grass but will kill the weed down to the root.
     
  10. JBandRio

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    Weeds, and more grass than the horses are eating down.

    When grass goes to seed, it generally either fully shuts down growing, or slows down a lot.

    Also, horses tend to not eat where they pee and poop, so you get eaten down sections, and tall unpalatable sections. The tall stuff needs to be mowed.

    I mow with the horses right in the pasture. But, I'm not mowing 2' tall grass either. If I was mowing tall pasture, with lots of grass out there starting to quickly ferment, I'd pull the horses off until it was fully dried - then it's just hay.
     






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