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Old 03-29-2015, 10:26 AM   #1
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Need guidance bringing back pasture

We are buying a 7 acre farm. The last few years the pasture land hasn't been well maintained. It's mostly grown in with weeds. It's cut low now but will begin to grow soon. We have a 30hp diesel Kubota tractor and a riding lawn mower so we can pull anything we need to across the land. We want it to work toward being able to let our horses back out on the pasture but need to know where to begin.

How do we thin down the weeds? Do we need to aerate? Do we need to seed? Do we need to fertilize?

Live in Illinois if that makes a difference.
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Old 03-29-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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If the soil is capable of growing native grass and some of that grass is now present, given time it will rejuvenate itself. The reason for weeds is usually over grazing. Very common among small acreages .
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Old 03-29-2015, 12:38 PM   #3
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I had about five acres like that. Cut it low, had a neighbor spray with weed b gone. Kept it cut about four inches after that and it looked great.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:05 PM   #4
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A hundred farmers will have 110 opinions. A lot depends on how much lead time you have before you want to use it and how particular/sensitive your horses are to feed. Heck - some are fine eating the weeds! You could rent or pay somebody to disc then harrow it smooth then overseed with a pasture mix (save buying implements for one-time use). Up here you can buy generic mix from the feed store or order custom mix. You'd probably not want to use it for the first season. You also might be able to get away with overseeding alone. In either case you'll want to roll or scuffle the seed in so it contacts the soil to ensure germination. Over grazing in small paddocks can be a problem. Horses turn even well drained soil into something like concrete fairly quickly, then only the weeds grow. Beware of creating a lush paddock unless your horses are growing, working or pregnant. We did and one our horses foundered badly. Good luck. Great lifestyle.
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Weed killer

I used this product on mine and it worked wonderfully. I got it at my local feed store.
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