When sowing in a grassland it is important that you sow in the right time and that you choose the correct grass seed mix for your pasture.
Why sow grassland?
Grassland re-sowing becomes necessary when there is too much unwanted grass / weeds (eg Jacobsweed) in the meadow. Weeds in the grass reduce the yield of the pasture and the palatability.
Horses graze the grass relatively low to the ground. By intensive burial, some grass species will disappear and will only survive species that are not desired. Horses also have the habit of laying their manure in one place. With very long and intensive grazing, these manure areas can make up to 50% of the total area of the meadow. In these places the horses will no longer graze.
When is grassland sowing?
The best time for sowing grassland is the period between mid-August and mid-September. During this period the weather conditions are usually still optimal and there is enough time for germination to form a good seed for winter, so that a good base is laid for a good yield from next spring. In addition, most weeds have a slight autumn growth and will give the grass a head start. Grassland sowing in spring is also possible but will result in a significantly lower yield during the year of sowing.
A sown plot must rest for one or two years before the weather can be buried. Only then is the root system sturdy enough to graze the pulling force and to withstand the pressure.
Which seed mixture?
Horses graze the grass relatively low to the ground compared with cows. The new grass must therefore be strong. This prevents them from being pulled with root and all during the grazing. If you can choose the grass mix yourself, choose a special grass mix for horses. The grasses in a horse blend have a low growth point, extra strong roots and are often structurally rich.
Examples of this are a grass seed mixture of Barenbrug or DSV Seeds, they have a seed mixture specifically formulated for horses.
When you grow grass or lucerne on Contract cultivation for Hartog, look for sowing at Grass cultivation information or Lucerne cultivation information for more information on this.
After sowing it is important that the grassland is maintained well, read more about Grassland Maintenance.