Farm & Ranch Mowing
Acreage mowing is an important component of pasture management because it minimizes the spread of weeds and maintains a higher quality forage; however, timing is a big factor to initially control and then maintain weed control in pastures.. Mowing before weeds produce seed heads limits the spread of seed, and it generally most effective on annual and broad leaf weeds. Once the weeds produce seeds, mowing spreads the seeds and increases the number of weeds in your pasture. Tractor Mowing also maintains a pasture stand that is uniform in maturity, and horses prefer to eat shorter grasses because it has less fiber and is higher in protein. Mowing helps promote a nutritionally higher quality pasture.
Brush-hogging is useful when a property needs to be cleared of light brush up to 1” in diameter, and it’s one of the most basic forms of land clearing. Bush-hogging is most effective on level, dry land that is clear of debris. Bush-hogging is a good choice when there is enough room for a tractor to operate properly, but it can be dangerous due to flying debris… so it’s best to make sure you hire a professional that knows what he is doing and fully insured.
Fence Line Clearing
Fence line clearing not only allows greater mobility on your property, it also allows greater accessibility throughout your property and keeps your fence in good working order longer. Weeds and brush can also short-out an electric fence, so regular mowing and fence line clearing is a good choice to reduce problems now and in the future. 5K tractor mowing can keep your fence lines clear and prolong the life of your fences. Branches and overgrown brush can also stretch or break fence wire, and damaged fences can also be a hazard for livestock and equipment. Last of all, fence line clearing can serve as a fireguard against wildfires. As a fireman owned and operated business, we can attest to the fact that your local or volunteer fire department will appreciate easier accessibility when fighting wildfires.
Resting pastures is an important step in maintaining productive pastures. One of the best methods of improving pasture condition is the practice of rotational pasture grazing. Livestock tend to feed on grasses in the same area and can eventually weaken and kill pasture plants, so rotating them from one pasture to another will allow better grass coverage, healthier livestock, reduce erosion and minimize weed growth. Tractor and acreage mowing can assist with your rotation efforts to keep the grass consistent and reduce weeds.
Renovating is usually recommended in lieu of re-establishing pastures. Renovation, particularly in high traffic areas, may be required frequently to maintain good grass. Pastures should be mowed or grazed fairly short so the soil is not shaded, and weeds should be controlled to minimize competition with germinating species.
When putting horses back on a renovated pasture, it’s best to allow it to grow to about 6-8 inches, mow it, and then allow it to regrow to 6-8 inches and then mow it again. After the second mowing, allow the pasture to regrow to about 4-6 inches before putting horses on the pasture. This process allows the grasses and ground cover to establish an adequate root system.