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    First, go talk to your local extension agent and get you weed targets identified. Do NOT spray Roundup on your grass pasture. Roundup is a non specific herbicide, meaning there isn't much it won't kill. If you are wanting to kill broadleaves (like Russian Thistle, Kochia, dandelion etc.) and not grass species, you can use 2,4-D and/or Banvel mixed together. I think that both of those are restricted use pesticides; you have to have a private pesticide applicator's license to obtain and use them.

    As far as the fertilizer recommendations, you need to get a soil sample pulled. Many of the labs that do the analysis will also make soil amendment and fertilizer recommendations.

    Really, the best thing to do is talk to your local county extension agent or a crop consultant (look for one certified by the American Society of Agronomy.)
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    borrow a goat : )

    sorry if this is redundant, i read most but not all previous posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlwidener View Post
    First, go talk to your local extension agent and get you weed targets identified. Do NOT spray Roundup on your grass pasture. Roundup is a non specific herbicide, meaning there isn't much it won't kill.
    Exactly - kills everything, so it doesn't matter if it's safe.

    If you are wanting to kill broadleaves (like Russian Thistle, Kochia, dandelion etc.) and not grass species, you can use 2,4-D and/or Banvel mixed together. I think that both of those are restricted use pesticides; you have to have a private pesticide applicator's license to obtain and use them.
    Yep, that's what I had put down before the horses moved in here as the place was a neglected cow pasture with a LOT of wild blackberries, bramble, poison ivy, and other undesirables, and the 2,4-D/Banvel mix did a great job. And yes, it was applied by a company, they did a great job- sure don't want that stuff flying around lol

    As far as the fertilizer recommendations, you need to get a soil sample pulled. Many of the labs that do the analysis will also make soil amendment and fertilizer recommendations.
    Yep, that and lime. It's a waste of $$ to put down what you don't need, and just about a waste to not put down nearly enough.

    Seriously, my pasture had sections that were just chock-full of buttercups (came in post-2,4-D/banvel), and after a bit of proper liming and fertilization, they are ALL gone, without any weed killing.
    Really, the best thing to do is talk to your local county extension agent or a crop consultant (look for one certified by the American Society of Agronomy.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4hooves4me2 View Post
    It is the paddock with the barn Peg, THAT is the issue at hand. I could lock them out for a day-but any longer I would have banshee ponies wanting to get back to their nests. You know how they are-lol. I need to do Fords as well-I tried to lock him in his stall. OH NO, that was like trying to put a running backhoe in gear in a garage. I told Grady I want put 1x4's on the walls, he wants to put 2x4's-lol! He said he only wants to do it once. I told Grady I want to put a fence up in there so I can block them MORE to the barn-like it was when I was a kid. Nothing grows back there anyway because of the trees. Now with the horse numbers down some, I am hoping I can get my pasture/paddocks back to healthy.

    Shelly-I REMEMBER those goats of yours-lmao-they would probably work great here-the horses would think they are ponies! I never have seen anything that tall in my life that had the name 'goat' attached to it! I'll take two please! LMAO!!

    My dad had it tested several times out here (the ground) it always needed lime. I live on a hollow, the guys always told him the rain washes the calcium out of the soil. They said basically it would just float over the hill. lol I am going to call and see if the same guy still works there-it has been almost 20 years-but I am sure the new fellers can do it as well.

    This particular plant I am wanting gone is a rather woody plant. All of the thistle and such we have plucked out for years, so I RARELY see on of those. I have also plucked out some nightshade-but back there it is some kind of little plant that ends up with yellow flowers on it. I am going to go back there today and mow it short and hit them with some vinegar and soap for now. Spot kill the big ones. I would just like to get the whole thing treated and back to pretty again.

    Thanks everyone for replying-
    Ok...check out the BOLD part. I am sure it says I am going to get the soil tested there. Just as it has been for the 60 years it has been in my family. It just hasn't been done for the last-let me figure-ok not 20 years, but 18 years. Since I have been here-I have found no need to get it done-but now I have the horse numbers down-I just want the pastures back the way they were.

    As for the weeds I am killing, I have found them online-I just can't remember the name-it is one plant inparticular that is trying to take over out there. The one ag guy I spoke to at the co-op said if I can mow them off before they flower it would really cut them back as well. Since I am trying to find things that are safe alternatives for the horses-he suggested that being about the safest.
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    Yep, regular mowing, before weeds go to seed, is critical. Weed seeds can live for years and years and years, so preventing them is crucial.
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