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Thinking of fertilizing your pasture? Not sure how to do it the right way? When you have horses it becomes mandatory to have a few acres of the land dedicated to pasture. Planting pasture not only reduces the feeding cost of the horses but also manages environmental issues like salinity, soil acidity, and erosion, etc.
Horse keepers are mostly seen struggling to improve the pasture quality as the healthy pasture brings down the horse’s need for additional nutritional supplements. There are several reasons why the pasture you plant doesn’t grow up to your expectations and improper fertilizing is one of them.
Winter is almost gone, we are slowly heading towards spring, which is the season of fixing, sowing, and reaping benefits. This article would be of great help for those who are looking to fix the cool-season grasses. For warm-season grasses, you can only extract the important fertilizing tips. So, before it’s too late let’s help you in fixing your horse pasture.
The right time for fertilizing
Fertilizers work the best when they are applied at the right time. The cool-season grasses(bluegrass, orchardgrass, bromegrass) that are mostly planted in the late summer can be fertilized in early spring to reap more benefits. If for any reason, one fails to fertilize the pasture in early spring days he/she can fertilize the pasture in late spring also but fertilizing in early spring is recommended.
The right fertilizer for horse pasture
The fertilizers generally contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. The fertilizer you need for the pasture should have nitrogen in abundance, phosphorus and potassium are not needed. The fertilizer that contains a major amount of nitrogen and a minor but balanced amount of phosphorus and potassium is also good for the job. Each case is different, nitrogen-rich fertilizer works for most horse keepers in farming but still, it is recommended to do a soil test and find out what exactly you need to look for.
Liquid or granular fertilizer for a horse pasture?
Choose liquid, if you can easily find it online or from the local store nearby. Liquid fertilizers are preferred because they balance out the soil pH more properly than granular ones. The granular fertilizers can act as a health booster for horse pasture but liquid ones match the need better.
How to apply?
To get the best results, mow the land or at least take out the weeds. Once the pasture starts looking neater, apply the fertilizer as per the instructions written on the package. Avoid watering the newly fertilized pasture for at least 24 hours. The horses can be allowed to graze again after the first rain.
Here, I would like to suggest that following the instructions written on the package is as important as finding the right product and applying it at the right time. So, give the instructions a thorough read to reap the maximum benefits.
In brief, to fertilize the cool-season grass pasture the nitrogen-rich liquid fertilizer applied in early spring brings spectacular results. While fertilizing the horse pasture, take out the weeds first and do not water the newly fertilized pasture for at least 24 hours. Lastly, do not allow the horses to graze on the fertilized pasture until the rain fixes the fertilizer.