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Paddock Maintenance 

Spraying | Harrowing | Rolling | Mowing | Fertilising | Re-seeding

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Spraying

Herbicide spraying is an integral part of grass maintenance. It is important to control the growth of weeds as without management, they will take over your grass sward.

The main weeds encountered in paddocks are thistles, docks, buttercups and nettles. Although not necessarily harmful to horses or other livestock they are unsightly and can diminish the quality of grass in the paddock.

Ragwort is very poisonous to horses. Sprays can kill the weed, but it is vital that the dead plant is removed completely before horses return to the grazing. 

The equipment we use is either a quad bike or tractor mounted sprayer dependent on the size of the paddock to be treated.

Normally these works can be carried out in one day if you have access to a spare paddock – if this is not possible we would spray half and then leave for 14 days and then return to spray the remainder. Obviously the proprietor of the land would have to ensure that they move their horses out.

We are fully trained, qualified and insured to undertake these services as is our spraying equipment.

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Harrowing

We would recommend doing this in the spring, it’s an effective way to prepare your paddocks and pastures for the rest of the year and provide good grazing for livestock. 

Harrowing: Scarifies and aerates the soil stimulates new growth by aerating and removing thatch rather than fallen debris such as leaves and branches break up core breaks up clods and levels heavy soil renovate pasture Improve root aeration for better water infiltration improves drainage spread and works in manure or other fertilisersPrepare and cover seedbeds Rip out moss and weeds Encourage the germination of new growth to remove Molehills, ant hills, ridges, etc 

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Rolling

This is generally performed in the spring after harrowing when the ground has just started to dry up. It has two main benefits.

Firstly, it levels the uneven ground left from grazing livestock over the winter months. It repairs hoof marks, ruts from vehicles and general surface disturbance and is very beneficial both from a soil health and performance perspective.

The second benefit is that it rolls the grass crowns which encourage the plant to tiller out. This spread of growth provides better grass cover and yield during the growing season. More grass will also result in better suppression of invasive weeds.

Rolling will push any stones that have risen to the surface back into the ground.

Rolling should always be done after reseeding to ensure that the seed gains enough contact with the soil to give positive germination.

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Mowing

Topping is essential to maintain grass at an optimum grazing height of 2-3 inches during the growing season. It removes the tall, tough grass, which livestock especially horses tend to leave and prevents weeds from going to seed.  This in turn, helps to encourage new fresh grass to spread and increases the sward density. We have the benefit of having a mower collector which collects the cuttings so we do not leave any vegetation behind e.g. cut ragwort or sycamore seedlings which are poisonous to horses.

Our flail toppers mulch the grass before spreading which speeds up the breakdown of cuttings allowing new grass to come through faster. The rear roller leaves a smart, tidy and level finish.

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Fertilising

Fertiliser or lime can be applied to create the optimum PH for healthy strong root and plant growth. 

Horses require good quality grass. It must be nutritionally well balanced and not overly rich in nitrogen. Horse paddocks which are too lush and high in nitrogen can result in colic, grass sickness and laminitis.

The first application is usually applied in early spring and again during the growing season if necessary. 

A quad bike or tractor with a mounted spreader is used which are ideally suited to paddocks and areas where access can be tight.

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Re-seeding

Seeding and over-seeding can be performed when grass is growing and the soil is warm enough to allow the seed to germinate. Depending on weather conditions this is typically from late March through to late September, but taking care to avoid drought periods which typically occur during the peak summer months.

We can offer a wide range of machinery and years of experience to accommodate all your needs.

For new paddocks that are to be sown we use a tined harrow with broadcast spreader. In conjunction with seeding, seedbeds can be created with our stone buriers or power harrows. 

We are more than happy sourcing the seed required or alternatively you supply the grass seed.

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The Upper Medway IDB has hired the services of Golding’s Agricultural Services for the last two years to control the spread of aquatic weed growth using Herbicide in a number of important waterways around Kent. They have helped me tremendously organising all the relevant licences and paperwork with the Environment Agency.

I would recommend using Golding’s to anyone for the simple reason they are reliable and personal hands on approach. They have saved the Board thousands of pounds overall and made my life easier.

Thank you.

Mike Watson
Upper Medway IDB

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