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Hi all, I was wondering how long after the pasture has been mowed can I ...
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    Hi all, I was wondering how long after the pasture has been mowed can I put the horses out on it One of our pastures was mowed about 4 days ago. Do I just let all the dead grass rot till I cannot see it anymore?
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    How warm is it where you are? How long was the pasture? It needs to be well wilted and starting to dry out.

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    hmmm, i mow my pasture weekly and my horses go right on it ... we like to keep the grass SHORT (around 2-4 inches). sorry I am of no help ...

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    Why the mowing?

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    We also mow about once a month. Grass will keep growing, but if you have a problem with weeds, mowing keeps them knocked off before they can set seed and spread. Have a large patch of sandburrs that I have yet to be able to get rid of, even with sprays. If anybody has a remedy, I'd sure like to hear it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mftx4 View Post
    We also mow about once a month. Grass will keep growing, but if you have a problem with weeds, mowing keeps them knocked off before they can set seed and spread. Have a large patch of sandburrs that I have yet to be able to get rid of, even with sprays. If anybody has a remedy, I'd sure like to hear it.
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    I need to mow to keep the bugs down. my horse is HIGHLY allergic to bug bites and with longer grass it just enables them to breed easier. I also have lots of pasture so I don't really worrk about mowing away their food. Plus my dad is a perfectionist with the yard and even weed wacks around the fence posts .... LOL!

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    Tried the digging and unless you get the entire root, they come back, kinda like creeping charlie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mftx4 View Post
    Have a large patch of sandburrs that I have yet to be able to get rid of, even with sprays. If anybody has a remedy, I'd sure like to hear it.
    Spot spray Bushmaster (24D and Banvel at a 50/50 mix) no residual. Doesn't kill grass but will kill the weed down to the root.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gluey33 View Post
    Why the mowing?
    Weeds, and more grass than the horses are eating down.

    When grass goes to seed, it generally either fully shuts down growing, or slows down a lot.

    Also, horses tend to not eat where they pee and poop, so you get eaten down sections, and tall unpalatable sections. The tall stuff needs to be mowed.

    I mow with the horses right in the pasture. But, I'm not mowing 2' tall grass either. If I was mowing tall pasture, with lots of grass out there starting to quickly ferment, I'd pull the horses off until it was fully dried - then it's just hay.
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