Paddock Topping

Paddock toppingRegular topping (cutting or mowing) the grass in paddocks, is a key part of paddock maintenance and is essential for a good quality, durable grass sward, which will both look good and stand up to the rigours of use.
Freedom from weeds and grass diseases is an essential element of quality pasture. A good quality grass sward is the most effective barrier to weeds and makes it attractive too.

We uses a Muthing flail mower, which mulches the grass rather than just cutting it like a conventional pasture topper. It has shredder-bars and a roller contained within it and the shredder bars help to break down the grass cuttings even further and the roller leaves it all with a smart finish.

  • Reduces grass cuttings to small pieces (mulch) which enables it to rot down quickly, feeding and revitalising the soil and allowing animals to return to graze sooner
  • An excellent way of preventing ragwort and other weeds from going to seed and thus proliferating
  • Maximises your grassland; horses in particular have limited ability to utilise poor quality grass
  • Crushing the crowns with the roller encourages fresh new grass to spread
  • Reduces old, stemmy grass with little leaf. Fresh leafy grass not only tastes better but contains double the nutrients of the stem
  • Keeps grass at the right height for grazing, particularly important for selective grazers like horses
  • Animals grazing poor pasture with open, poached swards with limited grass cover, may ingest too much soil with the grass which can lead to colic