السبت 22 يونيو 2024

Care & Feeding of Overgrazed Pastures

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Good pastures depend on good soil. Thats why professional contractors see your pastures literally from the ground up. The quality of the growth above ground will tell them the state of the root growth and the soil. What is up top determines what is down below. If there is damaged overgrazed matted and undernourished top growth the roots will not grow as the shortcropped and sickly sward cannot make the chlorophyll necessary to feed and sustain healthy root growth.
Overgrazing compacts the soil reducing water infiltration and moisture holding capacity and stunting root growth less moisture combined with less organic matter reduces soil fertility. Virile weed species which thrive on poor and sick soils will then take over.

Overgrazed grasslands have resulted in many desertlike features we see appearing more frequently in the world today these dry barren areas are unproductive and useless. Once the grass disappears water rain cannot penetrate into the soil and instead goes elsewhere in the form of runoff or erosion. The dry lands of Australia and the Mediterranean for example are the result of overgrazing primarily by sheep in Australia and goats in Southern Europe and North Africa.
Repairing the DamageLand owners often comment I have a pasture full of weeds and overgrazed grass and want to plant something which is good for my horses.
Some folks do not have the acreage or ability to completely renovate their fields to good soil by ploughing putting green matter back into the soil fertilizing and reseeding. This takes time as a newly seeded pasture should not be grazed for a complete year. The new grass will also need cutting to stimulate root growth and make thicker stronger top growth.
New pasture seed can then be broadcast over the field. Timothys orchard grasses and endophytefree fescues are good species with which to overseed.