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Winter grass on field - will it go wild for summer meadow?


 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2012 5:47 pm    Post subject: Winter grass on field - will it go wild for summer meadow? Reply with quote

Hi there
I have a field at home that I get a few bales of silage mad in the summer.
Usually we have sheep on it to keep it low for winter and then fertilise it and let it grow into a meadow for cutting in late summer.

Question- if I let it "go wild" for the winter, - will it be too overgrown come next April to have shake fertiliser on it and make a good meadow for harvesting?

(PS I realise I could "top it" come spring time to get rid of the excess grass then to make it more suitable, and bare, for shaking fertilser on etc)

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All that happens to grass when left to go a bit wild is that weeds increase, stronger grass becomes tufted and there is a lot of old white stems. If left for a few years the growth slows between the larger tufts of grass.

Topping in the spring would tidy it up but some might prefer the more natural appearance that once per yeat cutting gives.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,
thanks for the reply.

If you just cut it every august (for bales) will it still have a good managable ( in terms of spring fertiliser application) crop?

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