Harrowing is most commonly done in spring and autumn, and should be another key element of your grassland management schedule.
Rolling your grassland will help level out any unevenness caused by poaching, and firms up the ground to reduce further damage by hooves. It also gently crushes the grass crowns, which encourages the grass to spread and also maximises its growth.
GreenPaddocks use spring-tined harrows, the ultimate in grassland harrows, which benefit your land in many ways:
- Removes old, dead thatch and prevents it from clogging up your grassland sward. This is essential and it also allows light and air into the soil and the base of the sward, thus encouraging healthy new growth
- Levels out unsightly, and potentially dangerous, poaching and mole hills, encouraging grass growth and weed prevention
- Effectively spreads droppings around the paddock and helps prevent the build up of rank, ungrazed pasture
- Exposes parasite larvae to the air and sun, which kills them