Six top paddock maintenance tips from Jim at Broadmead Estate Services.
A good maintenance programme needs to be thought out and planned ahead in order to be able to carry out the various types of work at the optimum time of year.
• As spring is finally arriving, it’s time to start thinking about harrowing, rolling, over-seeding where required and applying fertilizer where needed to give your grass the best chance of looking healthy throughout the year.
• Also in the late spring and early summer, herbicide applications are often needed to control weeds such as thistles, nettles, docks and ragwort. (An ATV-mounted weed wiper will apply herbicide directly to the target weeds without having to do an overall spray.)
• Many paddocks will also need ‘topping’ at this time of year to help maintain a healthy grass sward.
• As the summer arrives and the ground becomes dry and firm, machinery can access the land without causing damage to the ground, so it is an ideal opportunity to replace and repair all types of paddock fences and gates before the onset of the winter rain, wind and mud.
• Looking ahead to the early autumn, September sees the start of the hedge-cutting season. As with the paddocks and fences, it’s best to get this done before the ground becomes too wet and muddy.
• Autumn is also an ideal time to carry out both over-seeding and new seeding of paddocks and grass fields to regenerate and enhance the grass sward.
Broadmead Estate Services can help with all of these tasks should you wish – our wide range of equipment, suitable materials and experienced staff are at your disposal. Please get in touch if you need to discuss this or any other estate-maintenance issue.
Broadmead Estate Services, based in Hungerford, offers a wide range of property management and maintenance services, including groundworks, riverbank restoration, seeding and turfing, tree and shrub planting, fencing, drive and path construction, hedge cutting, paddock maintenance and hard landscaping.