|What we can offer..|
Equine Pasture Maintenance offers a complete paddock maintenance service within the West/North Yorkshire, Lancashire border area. We are always looking to expand our services, so please call us even if you are outside this area, we may be able to help you.
Whatever the size and shape of your land, our highly specialised machinery is compact and manoevrable and we can gain access to fields too small for large agricultural machinery; we can therefore help you to maintain even the smallest paddock at extremely competitive rates.
Below is a list of services we provide. If you have any special requests, please feel free to contact us to discuss them. Please also consult our "pasture maintenance year planner" to find out exactly when you should maintain your pasture.
|We are happy to visit your paddocks and give our advice on how to maintain them.|
|Harrowing prepares your pastures for healthy grass growth by removing dead grass from the base of the healthy grass and levels uneven areas created by your horse’s hooves over winter.|
|Spraying should be undertaken when weeds are actively growing. Spot and boom spraying will kill weeds such as docks, thistles, nettles and buttercups. By eliminating your weeds you allow new grass growth in their place and prevent them from re-seeding.|
|Weed wiping has a direct contact with the weed only and is best used when weeds are stood well above the grass. Weed wiping should be undertaken when weeds are actively growing.|
|Grass should be kept at 5-7cm throughout the growing season. Topping helps encourage new leaf growth and increases sward density, which reduces the opportunity for weeds to grow and protects your pastures from the effects of hoof damage in winter.|
|Seeding tired pastures will prevent weeds from establishing in areas that have been churned up over winter, it will also help to bind the soil and give your pastures a stronger base.|
|•||Mechanical "Poo Vacuum"|
|We can remove droppings from your pasture using a vacuum which will suck droppings from short or long grass, helping to reduce your parasitic worm count and eliminate patches of rank grass and prevent selective grazing.|
|Fertilising helps to maintain the nutrient status of the soil to promote healthy grass growth.|
|•||Soil Nutrient Testing|
|This allows us to establish whether there are any nutrient deficiencies in the soil. The optimum pH for grass growth is 6 to 6.5.|