Pasture Weed Maintenance

How do you manage pasture weeds on your horse property?

I mainly use herbicides to manage pasture weeds.
I never use herbicides on my horse pastures--I hand-pull or mow as necessary.
I do not make any extra efforts to manage pastures weeds.
I house my horses in dry lots and/or stalls--pasture weeds are not a issue.

Total votes cast: 1095

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In the spring my 1 1/2 acre field has grass, a limited treat for the horses

5/13/2013 11:08:32 PM

mowing after rotation

5/13/2013 9:32:34 PM

Have to time the mowing to beat germination and spreading cycles

5/13/2013 9:24:22 PM

And periodic mowing.

5/13/2013 8:50:45 PM

I mow the fields in addition to some herbicide treatment.

5/13/2013 7:54:53 PM

Having a pasture in the Las Vegas, NV area would cost a fortune. Ed

5/13/2013 6:39:05 PM

spot treatment for Canada Thistle, hand pull tansy ragwort

5/13/2013 6:19:33 PM

We mow and hand pull and seems like we are not gaining on the problem.

5/13/2013 6:16:28 PM

mow, dry tine harrow to spread poop, mow, drag harrow.......

5/13/2013 5:40:37 PM

We are certified as Backyard Habitat for our 23 acres. We use no chemicals and compost.

5/13/2013 5:28:13 PM

Used herbicide on neglected pastures but switching to fertilizer only as grass overtakes weeds

5/13/2013 10:15:23 AM

I spot only broad leaf weeds where horses are not pasturing

5/12/2013 7:55:40 PM

2-4-D is what I use.

5/12/2013 6:59:30 PM

sometimes use vinegar to kill thistles

5/12/2013 6:10:46 PM

I use goats to control weeds via rotational grazing with the horses. Gets rid of worms too!

5/12/2013 4:42:35 PM

As well as pasture rotation & mowing when at rest

5/12/2013 4:12:23 PM

We also mow our pastures.

5/12/2013 4:02:29 PM

For large spots we spray weeds with either vinegar or diluted dish soap so there are no toxins.

5/12/2013 1:49:12 PM

I live in a desert area.

5/12/2013 1:12:13 AM

I sometimes use herbicide for thistles

5/11/2013 11:30:38 AM

I board my horse, but there is no pasture weed management

5/11/2013 10:44:39 AM

Really a combination of hand-pull and herbicide--some weeds only herbicide workds.

5/11/2013 2:51:14 AM

I think the secret is to keep the soil healthy, encourage Dung Beetles & use an organic fertiliser

5/10/2013 10:22:56 PM

Mowing before weeds go to seed helps.

5/10/2013 10:16:18 PM

re-mineralise the paddocks so soils favour grasses not weeds

5/10/2013 9:58:45 PM

mow, herbicides, don't overgraze...always a battle, I don't have good top soil

5/10/2013 9:17:31 PM

soil test, follow recommendations, rotate and don't let forbs get started

5/10/2013 9:01:41 PM


5/10/2013 8:33:12 PM

I fertilize

5/10/2013 7:50:06 PM

we hand pull or mow before they go to seed

5/10/2013 7:34:58 PM

I rotate horses with small herd of goats/sheep which is affective in cleaning up weeds.

5/10/2013 6:48:30 PM

We spot spray (don't spray indiscriminantly) and pull weeds both.

5/10/2013 6:39:00 PM

I overseed periodically ... it helps choke out the weeks

5/10/2013 5:33:35 PM

Mainly mow, but that doesn't take care of them all

5/10/2013 5:32:41 PM

Watch your horse eat someday--he knows what to eat and what not.

5/10/2013 5:26:27 PM

I mostly mow but do use herbicides when lime and fertilizer doesn't choke them out

5/10/2013 5:19:39 PM

I spot spray any areas and mow regularly

5/10/2013 4:43:27 PM

Actually a combo of mowing and lime application, but we do use spot herbacide on burdock.

5/10/2013 3:15:25 PM

herbicides and mowing

5/10/2013 1:51:14 PM

We also spot sray manualy with herbicides

5/10/2013 1:26:40 PM

Regular management has reduced weeds to very few

5/10/2013 12:02:26 PM

I use safe hericides in my pasture otherwise it would have more weeds than grass

5/10/2013 9:40:19 AM

I have 160 acres. Hand pulling is not possible but weeds need to be managed. .

5/9/2013 11:46:58 PM

Mowing after rotation

5/9/2013 10:12:27 PM

I also mow and use nontoxic vinegar mixture so don't have to keep horses off pasture so long

5/9/2013 8:11:40 PM

The max grass height is 4"

5/9/2013 1:54:58 PM

Mow mow mow mow mow, mow

5/9/2013 12:52:50 PM

also hericides anything and everything

5/9/2013 10:48:05 AM

No pasture in central Arizona unless it is irrigated! (mine is not)

5/9/2013 10:24:55 AM

Primarily rely on rotating fields, mowing, fertilizing and reseeding as per extension service.

5/9/2013 8:49:26 AM

I mow and use herbicides when needed

5/9/2013 8:16:48 AM

I also broadcast blugrass seeds annually

5/9/2013 8:14:57 AM

i use goats ans sheep for weed control

5/9/2013 8:09:34 AM


5/9/2013 7:47:38 AM

The choices are pretty limited here - no option for "mainly use mowing/pulling to manage weeds

5/8/2013 11:18:23 PM

I pull, mow, use herbicides and STILL the weeds win...

5/8/2013 10:45:52 PM

I use Forefront on my pastures and surrounding areas. Just finished hand spraying 8 acres!

5/8/2013 10:38:08 PM

Mow regulary and spray with Crossbow

5/8/2013 10:04:05 PM

We do mow the pastures some...we have easy keepers so weeds aren't as big a problem.

5/8/2013 9:32:02 PM

Also mow and on occasion burn.

5/8/2013 9:16:05 PM

Use pasture pro weed killer.

5/8/2013 8:29:37 PM

High desert is not a place for pasture, weedy or otherwise.

5/8/2013 1:18:31 PM

Herbicides AND hand-pull

5/8/2013 11:16:46 AM

Selected herbicides for difficult weeds + regular mowing

5/8/2013 11:15:03 AM

I manage weeds mainly by mowing, and spot treat with herbicide only on an as-needed basis.

5/8/2013 11:04:11 AM

vinegar for some weeds

5/8/2013 9:57:08 AM

Hand-pulling and mowing also

5/8/2013 9:52:21 AM

monsanto = satan

5/8/2013 9:30:28 AM

Not enough answers, we mow AND use herbicides.

5/8/2013 8:07:14 AM

regular mowing is best

5/8/2013 8:06:40 AM

Need an extra choice-mow,mow, mow, and rarely/occasionlly spot treat w/herbicides

5/8/2013 7:17:11 AM

mow and spray - new property with some dangerous species for horses

5/8/2013 6:22:02 AM

I would use chemicals as a last resort

5/7/2013 11:31:34 PM

I rotate sheep and goats through my pastures, it keeps them weedfree.

5/7/2013 11:14:34 PM

combination of herbicides, hand cutting/pulling, and mowing. None of the survey answers fit.

5/7/2013 10:48:31 PM


5/7/2013 10:37:45 PM

mowing and spot treatment for brambles

5/7/2013 10:36:15 PM

Mow the paddocks to reduce weeds

5/7/2013 10:20:24 PM

constant mowing and watering to encourage grass growth to "weed out" the weeds

5/7/2013 10:00:07 PM

Actually, I both herbicide & hand-pull. Best way to keep weeds out is to keep the grass healthy

5/7/2013 9:58:17 PM

plus cross graze with sheep and cows

5/7/2013 8:21:15 PM

I only use an herbicide if the weed is toxic and/or is seriously invasive. Some weeds are good!

5/7/2013 8:15:12 PM

We also mow our pastures as needed

5/7/2013 8:05:36 PM

brush hog when they get bad once a year

5/7/2013 6:57:50 PM

if to numerous I burn them with a torch.

5/7/2013 6:50:15 PM

An ongoing issue that never goes away!

5/7/2013 6:48:48 PM

We also have goats - they will eat some weeds.

5/7/2013 6:45:08 PM

Spray around fence line. Pull those dang onions.

5/7/2013 6:35:51 PM


5/7/2013 6:20:04 PM

weeds are a big problem but without control help from neighbors no solution

5/7/2013 6:11:43 PM

I have hand pulled but that is so time consuming and hard on your back

5/7/2013 5:48:20 PM

and use hand pulling of weeds also.

5/7/2013 5:25:04 PM

Only 3 acres and 3 horses - hand pull weeds

5/7/2013 5:11:30 PM

We keep the grasses healthy by not overgrazing and by applying fertilizer. Every few years we spray

5/7/2013 4:48:47 PM

Mow and this year I will lime the pasture.

5/7/2013 10:15:29 AM

spot spray and mow pastures

5/7/2013 10:04:41 AM

wish pasture was available

5/7/2013 9:17:58 AM