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Spring Paddock Maintenance

Posted by Bronwyn Ward on 12 March 2020 in Paddocks and Pasture
Spring Paddock Maintenance

Following one of the wettest Winters, paddocks have turned to mud and the quality and quantity of the grass has severely deteriorated. Now it is starting to dry up, it's the perfect time to think about re-seeding and applying a specially formulated equestrian fertiliser.

In gateways, fence lines and other areas where the grass is now just mud, you will need to re-seed this area so that it becomes a thick healthy sward of grass again. Grass seed can be applied using a fertiliser spreader, or for small areas (or if you don't have a spreader) then this can be done by hand. For more accuracy in the application rate we recommend using a spreader that has been correctly calibrated to the user and the product.

Our recommended grass seed is from our 'Premier' range of seeds. The mix has been specially formulated for paddocks and to withstand horses walking over the ground and grazing daily.

The Premier Paddock mix is a 14kg bag that covers 1 Acre. When comparing to other brands, they may also state that they are for 1 Acre but they often only contain 10kg of seed - so make sure to double check. Please note the application rate of 1 bag per Acre is to completely seed new grass on a bare area, so for re-seeding worn areas you will not use as much.

The inclusion of creeping red fescue aids the rapid repair of damaged swards and also produces a dense matt of grass that will tolerate several years of wear and tear.

Buy Premier Paddock Grass Seed here

Paddocks often need the help of fertiliser in Spring to kickstart growth, but this year areas that normally do not require fertilising will be in need of an application. Fertilisers contain vital nutrients that the soil may be deficient in to encourage a thick, healthy sward of grass.

Our range of specifically formulated fertiliser for horse or pony paddocks includes a perfectly balanced feed of nutrients called Nutrigrow Triple 16 (16-16-16. 16% nitrogen, 16% phosphate, 16% potassium). This mix is one of our best sellers amongst owners of laminitis prone horses and ponies, as it will not promote too much lush top growth of grass. 

Buy 16-16-16 Paddock Fertiliser 25kg here

Our other paddock fertiliser is 20-10-10 (20% nitrogen, 10% phosphate, 10% potassium) also contains all the vital nutrients for grazed grass, but has an extra kick of Nitrogen to promote luscious green grass growth. This fertiliser is also well suited to fields that will be grazed intensely during the Summer, or will be cut for hay. 

Buy 20-10-10 Paddock Fertiliser 25kg here

We recommend applying 2 bags per Acre for a general feed, or for paddocks and fields with particular poor grass (or will be intensely grazed during Summer with horses living out) you will need to apply 3 bags per Acre. If you are re-seeding areas, we recommend doing this first, then waiting until the grass seed has grown enough to be seen on the surface of the paddock before applying fertiliser.