FAQs

  1. Why do my fields 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.
  2. How far can you travel? Our area is essentially Somerset, Devon and Dorset and parts of Cornwall, 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.
  3. How can I improve my grassland? Regular management of your land will reap huge rewards. Routine harrowing and rolling, aerating topping and weed control, combined with periodic testing of the soil for nutrients and acidity (pH) and then fertilising and liming accordingly, will improve your land making it a pleasure to look at, own and use.
  4. How long must I keep stock out after spraying? Exclusion from land that has been sprayed usually lasts from 1 to 2 weeks depending on which herbicides are 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 need it.
  7. 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 or give us a call and we’ll be happy to discuss how and when it would be best to go about sorting your paddock.
  8. 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.
  9. I only have ponies and understand they need very little grass, why should I manage it? It is commonly thought that ponies don’t need a great deal of grass and strictly speaking that’s true as they can make do with very small amounts – but the quality should be good and grassland well managed. Poor quality grass is low in nutrients and often stemmy and unpalatable. The soil is frequently acidic, and the land badly poached with an open sward – an open invitation for weed and parasite infestation, apart from looking terrible. A well managed paddock should be healthy, fertile and sound, with a good covering of hard-wearing healthy grass.
  10. I have horses, what is the top priority for my land? It should as far as possible be free from weeds and grass diseases by being well maintained. This should include regular, routine aerating, harrowing and topping, spraying when necessary to control weeds and where possible ensure grazing is rotated.
  11. 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. Aerating is a must and 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 or 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Do you have grass seed and soil conditioners 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 soil conditioners which puts essential trace elements and minerals back into the soil, whilst gently encouraging the grass to grow over longer periods. Drop our team a line or pick up the phone to chat about how we can help.

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