There are simple measures farm managers and horsemen can take to encourage their pastures to grow lush and resilient. This year, for example, was unusually wet, with significantly higher amounts of rainfall and snowfall. Often, increased moisture leads to sloppy, muddy pastures, which are less than ideal for sprouting thick grass.
According to a report in The Horse magazine, a healthy pasture starts with healthy roots. Experts suggest managers rotate pastures to give the ground, and the roots embedded within it, time to rest and rejuvenate.
Mowing less often and leaving grass longer is another way to support healthy pasture growth. Ideally, one would mow the pastures down to about 4 inches, then allow it to grow to between 6 and 8 inches before mowing again.
Read more at The Horse
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