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Old fields , weeds, money
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dave    Posted 08-04-2003 at 18:34:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have noticed a number of posts wondering how to bring back old fields and make them somewhat productive again. I have that same problem.Someone said that most weeds are annuals and that mowing would help.I have been mowing my fields for fifteen years and the same old friends come up every year.Northern bedstraw,ironweed,burdock,goldenrod are the real pains.I know they can be removed with chemicals but for the 35A I am dealing with thats just to much money.I have always used a bush-hog but was once told by a neighbor that was my problem.If I cut those weeds with a sickle bar they would not return after a couple of years.Something about a clean cut instead of a shattered stem.Anybody have any thoughts on this? thanks dave I am in upstate ny.


Tom A    Posted 08-05-2003 at 10:34:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
I agree with your neighbor, and have seen the results on my own fields.

I mowed some of mine with a bushhog for a couple of years with only a minor improvement. But the two fields I cut with a sicklebar improved drastically. Last year I switched to the sicklebar on more fields and see them improving as well..I think many weeds just eventually can't produce enough energy to live when they've been mowed short repeatedly. My sicklebar, at least, cuts much shorter than my bushhog.

Tom A


rhudson    Posted 08-05-2003 at 05:21:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
what ever the conditions are best for, is what is going to grow. try a soil test. may need to have ph adjusted or fertilizer content adjusted. if you have the equipment, herbicides are suspost to be cheaper than cutting. but its hard to beat the looks of a trimmed field. must cut before seed heads are formed to do any good. a weed does not care what it is cut with, it has to grow a new seed stem either way.


Salmoneye    Posted 08-05-2003 at 04:01:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been cutting a couple acres out back for 5 years with a hog...It was all alder and ash sapplings when I started...It is now all thick with red clover and vetch...I have never used any chems or seed...



Redneck    Posted 08-05-2003 at 02:37:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
He may have something there.While growing up,all we had was a sickle mower and the pastures stayed short with a few weeds.When I got older I started bushhogging.I can't cut it enough now and it gets head high in no time.


Sid    Posted 08-04-2003 at 21:05:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I prefer to clip my pasture with a sickle bar mower However my experience suggest that to stop weeds from growing you need to fertilize if possible and encourage other more favorable plants to grow in order to crowd out the weeds mowing alone does not seem to work around here. If your neighbor does not have the weed problem you do he just might be right.


Willy-N    Posted 08-04-2003 at 19:36:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have one area I mow all the timeto about 3 inches. I never seeded this area but it had some wild grass growing on it. It now sorta looks like a lawn. In fact it is the nicest area on my place lawn wise. I do not water it and let mother nature take it course. Where I have seeded it looks bad but the cows are in there all the time. I mow that area with a riding mower since it is about 1000 ft long by 20 to 100 ft wide. Did it with a walk behind mower but that got old quick!!Mark H.


Randy    Posted 08-04-2003 at 19:00:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I still would go for the cut and reseed with what you want to grow. Even when I mow my lawns with dull blades and it shreds the tops of the grass it still grows back.


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