1. Is paddock maintenance expensive?
No, we use the very best equipment which enables us to deliver an expedient and effective service, which keeps the costs down. Please contact us for a discussion about your requirements and to organise a site visit and free quote.
2. Why do my fields and paddocks look like a battlefield?
Any number of reasons could have caused your grassland to look poor; over grazing, parasite infestation, acidic soil or lack of maintenance. However, the most common explanation is benign neglect. We can help you restore your grassland to an attractive, productive and healthy condition.
3. How far can you travel?
Our area is essentially Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. However, if you are just out of the area, do get in touch, if we are able to assist, we will be happy to help.
4. How can I improve my paddocks?
Regular management of your land will reap huge rewards. Routine harrowing and rolling, topping and weed control, combined with periodic testing of the soil for nutrients and acidity (pH) and then fertilizing and liming accordingly, will improve your land making it a pleasure to look at, own and use.
5. My fields are overgrazed, weed-infested and look impoverished; typical horse-sick grassland. Can you help?
This is meat and drink to Green Paddocks! We can come over for a site visit at a time to suit you to assess the situation, discuss your options and deliver a prompt quotation to sort it out; nothing could be simpler.
6. How long must I keep stock out after spraying?
Exclusion from land that has been sprayed with weed killer usually lasts from 1 to 2 weeks depending on which herbicide is used. However, if spraying is done to control poisonous weeds such as buttercup and ragwort, stock needs to be kept out until all traces of the weeds have disappeared, which may take longer.
7. I have fields of virtually nothing but weed. Do I need to plough them up and start again?
Not necessarily, even land infested with ragwort and other poisonous weeds can recover if sprayed with the appropriate herbicide. Subsequent over-seeding with an appropriate grass seed mixture will help reduce weed growth by reducing the amount of bare ground. Over-seeding is also a fraction of the cost of ploughing up and doing a complete re-seed.
8. What is over-seeding and is it a good idea?
Over-seeding is a cost effective method of broadcasting extra grass seed onto existing grassland. This may be to cover patches of bare ground or simply to introduce a hard-wearing, persistent grass species to existing grass swards in areas which may be used for exercise.
9. My paddocks are badly poached. Can you help?
Yes, harrowing and rolling are two very effective ways of rectifying poached ground. As with most ground-care work, timing is everything. Drop us a line and we’ll be happy to do a site visit and will provide you with a quote to restore the health of your paddock.
10. I only have ½ an acre of land at most, is that too small for you?
Not at all, whatever you require, whatever the size of your land, we’ll be delighted to help.
11. I only have ponies and understand they need very little grass, why should I manage it?
It is a common thought that ponies don’t need a great deal of grass and strictly speaking it’s true, they can make do with very small amounts but the quality should be very good and well managed. Poor quality grass is low in nutrients, it’s acidic and stemmy, often over/under grazed, poached or bare of grass. Not only that, if it looks awful it’s also an open invitation for weed and parasite infestation, as well as being potentially dangerous. A well managed paddock should be healthy, fertile and sound, with a good covering of hard-wearing grass.
12. I have horses, what is the top priority for my land?
It should have freedom from weeds and grass diseases, that’s an essential element of land management for horses. Horses are susceptible to a variety of digestive disorders from weeds, parasites and open, bare swards where an excess of soil is taken up whilst feeding, which can lead to colic.
13. What is a typical year in the grassland maintenance diary?
To wake your land up in the spring, the year should start with harrowing and if required, rolling. A full soil analysis and pH test is a wise move and possibly lime and/or fertiliser applied, depending upon the results. Regular topping every 6 weeks if possible should continue throughout the spring, summer and autumn, whereupon further harrowing may be needed. In addition to this, weed control in the form of spraying may be necessary and this is done primarily in spring and autumn and indeed at any time when the weeds are actively growing. Our team will be happy to assess the condition of your paddock and make recommendations for keeping it in the best of health.
14. How does horse activity affect my grassland?
A paddock is required for multitude of tasks. It is used for play and exercise, in addition to providing horses with the major part of their diet. If horses are stabled during the night and let out in the morning, they can be full of energy when let out onto grass, which might see them charging around. This puts the grass under stress. Ideally, it should be healthy, strong and have a dense base and be able to recover quickly. Regular routine management and the appropriate grass-seed mixture will all help it cope with the rigours of normal use.
15. Is it a good idea to over-seed well used paddocks?
Yes. By their very nature, horses are patch grazers, taking the leafy, sweet grass and leaving the less palatable stemmy grass with little leaf. This can stress the leafy, better tasting grass to a point where it cannot recover without intervention. Introducing new young grasses throughout the paddock can improve palatability so it not only tastes better but contains far more nutrients for the horses too.
16. Do you have grass seed and fertiliser specifically designed for horse and pony owners?
Yes we do. We can provide individually tailored grass seed mixtures, depending on what you use the land for and where you are. We can also fertilise your paddocks with low nitrogen, slow release fertiliser which puts essential elements and minerals back into the soil, whilst gently encouraging the grass to grow over longer periods. Drop our team a line and arrange a free, no obligation visit and we’ll provide a quotation for works to improve and maintain the health of your paddocks.