Is your horse's paddock in need of some TLC after a long, wet winter? Jonathan Cox of Suregrow UK explains what you can do to prepare your paddocks for summer.
As we step into spring, paddocks and fields will have suffered their fair share of the unpredictable British weather, including rainfall and snow, making them nothing more than a muddy mess.
The wet weather will more than likely have made it harder to go about day-to-day tasks in the field.
Getting stuck with the wheel barrow when poo picking and walking through gateways with your horse will have become a more labour-intensive job.
Many paddocks will have been submerged in water, which is a problem in itself where the growth of grass is concerned. That, mixed with horses trampling through muddy areas, adds to the problem.
What to do when the ground dries
It's inevitable that once the ground begins to dry, there'll still be an amount of work to be done before the grass is in plentiful supply.
Grassland tends to revert back to indigenous varieties overtime, which is what we more commonly call ‘weed grasses’.
The recent weather conditions we've experienced speeds up the rate at which grass reverts back to indigenous varieties, as the fertility in the ground will have seeped away due to continuous rainfall.
This type of grass is not only invasive but is less palatable, less productive and less nutritious.
The best solution to resolve heavily poached areas such as gateways and around feeding troughs is to get them re-seeded using easily established, fast-growing, hard-wearing grass such as Suregrow Fast Grass.
This seed will germinate at lower temperatures than normal grass seed and can be spread by hand, making it an efficient and quick application process.
Before reseeding, it's important harrow the area. After reseeding, roll the area. This should take place immediately after rainfall.
Ground conditions should be such that tractor wheels should just leave a mark that will then be removed by the roller.
For more information please contact Suregrow on +44(0)1423 223045 or visit www.suregrowuk.com