Weedy Situation

How do you manage weeds in your pastures?

Mowing the pasture
Spraying the weeds
I don't manage the weeds

Total votes cast: 840

Comments & Write-in Answers

I mow pulling a drag behind to further break up the piles. Sometimes I mow twice a week apart.

10/19/2009 7:23:09 PM

I have been looking for slow feeders to reduce weight but prevent ulcers

10/19/2009 7:10:46 PM

Plus selecting overgrazing and reseeding

10/19/2009 6:27:12 PM

we dont the horses eat them

10/19/2009 6:17:53 PM

My husband has every grass cutting tool known to mankind. Constant care to manage 10 acres!

10/19/2009 2:46:48 PM

The weeds manage me, I hand pull and dig out horrible dock weed and bristle grass, mowing ineffectiv

10/19/2009 2:46:01 PM

many of the 'weeds' has a medicinal quality which controls many functions to keep the horses healthy

10/19/2009 2:32:19 PM

pasture rotation and fertilization

10/19/2009 12:09:04 PM

mowing with goats

10/19/2009 9:04:54 AM

none of the above...I hand pull them

10/19/2009 6:58:11 AM

I use a 2-4-D spray several times a season

10/18/2009 3:16:25 PM

What few I have I hoe---desert life can be good

10/18/2009 1:22:39 PM

pastures get rotated every 8 days and clipped right after being vacated

10/18/2009 10:26:41 AM

Actually , I both mow and spray

10/18/2009 7:50:33 AM


10/18/2009 7:02:53 AM

I try to keep ahead of the weeds, by chopping and larger areas spraying. Also I mow when ever I can

10/17/2009 9:37:09 PM

I don't have a pasture because I live in So. CA. Sure wish I did have a pasture.

10/17/2009 8:32:46 PM

goats eat them

10/17/2009 5:49:46 PM

We have 8 goats that keep our place weed free!

10/17/2009 5:27:04 PM

what pasture? wooded turnout means very little grass or weeds. just dirt and mud!

10/17/2009 2:34:04 PM

When I can afford diesel for the tractor, that is!

10/17/2009 1:49:24 PM

Soil testing and lime/fertilizer as indicated.

10/16/2009 2:05:44 PM

Rotational and managed grazing so taht the grass stays healthy to outcompete weeds naturally

10/16/2009 12:15:05 PM

I both mow and spray

10/16/2009 11:56:31 AM

we both mow & spray

10/16/2009 8:46:16 AM

and pull them by hand

10/15/2009 10:27:43 PM

I board our horses, and the farm owner's goats handle the weeds! :)

10/15/2009 10:09:09 PM

since my horse is an easy keeper, I try not to have too lush a pasture

10/15/2009 8:06:03 PM

Pulling by hand

10/15/2009 7:39:45 PM

besides mowing spraying target weeds

10/15/2009 6:11:08 PM

I wish the barn owner would mow weeds before they go to seed, but they are too lazy

10/15/2009 5:57:45 PM

We spray thistle, burdock & nightshade and mow the rest.

10/15/2009 4:05:30 PM

My pastures don't have weeds at all. lucky me :) in fact, there isn't even grass! not so lucky.

10/15/2009 3:50:47 PM


10/15/2009 3:34:18 PM

pulling the weeds by hand also

10/15/2009 2:00:32 PM

in addition to spraying weeds and grazing rotation

10/15/2009 1:47:17 PM

No Pasture!

10/15/2009 10:39:00 AM

i also spray the weeds, and pull up some of them.

10/15/2009 9:55:36 AM

I mow and spray and hand pull the poisonous ones

10/15/2009 7:23:28 AM

Mow & spray

10/15/2009 6:05:58 AM

We use sprays as well as slashing grass. We also test our soil.

10/15/2009 2:14:59 AM

Spray is last resort, I pull them also

10/15/2009 12:00:25 AM

Live in Arizona desert - no pasture for us! Lots of weeds though, have goats.

10/14/2009 11:42:32 PM

we mow pastures at least twice a summer.

10/14/2009 11:18:58 PM

mow and sprey

10/14/2009 8:03:50 PM

I turn out the horses. They manage the weeds.

10/14/2009 8:01:49 PM

non of the above, volcanic rock fertiziler, fix the soil, eliminate the weeds

10/14/2009 7:22:52 PM

Pulling and digging

10/14/2009 6:01:58 PM

multispecies grazing (goats, sheep)

10/14/2009 5:23:58 PM

I pull them out when I see them

10/14/2009 4:30:34 PM

I wish I knew how. The most cost effective way. I get depressed looking out my front window.

10/14/2009 4:26:17 PM

goats prefer weeds, brambles

10/14/2009 3:46:21 PM

Southern Cal. Dry turnout, can't afford water to have pasture

10/14/2009 3:43:20 PM

I don't over graze.

10/14/2009 3:41:14 PM

I both mow and spray

10/14/2009 3:41:14 PM

i mow and spray in the spring

10/14/2009 2:54:49 PM

spray AND mow

10/14/2009 2:44:17 PM

pull them out by hand

10/14/2009 2:29:22 PM

Mostly, we mow, but if this isn't enough, we spray.

10/14/2009 2:28:22 PM

I try to mow before weeds can go to seed, and do some very limited and targeted spraying.

10/14/2009 1:55:11 PM

we have dry sand pastures little will grow in it

10/14/2009 1:01:24 PM

I'm a bit paranoid about chemicals and horses...OH

10/14/2009 12:47:32 PM

Pull out the low leaf ones

10/14/2009 12:19:25 PM

No pasture here (desert); mow weeds on property for fire protection, however.

10/14/2009 11:53:59 AM

we mow them, spray them, once dead we aerate and scatter grass seed

10/14/2009 11:15:02 AM

professionally sprayed with horse safe weed killer

10/14/2009 11:11:42 AM

Mostly by mowing; spray spring and fall

10/14/2009 11:04:25 AM

spray and mow

10/14/2009 10:53:13 AM

I have a hand wicker, I walk the pasture and wick weeds with roundup.

10/14/2009 9:50:21 AM

mowing and spraying

10/14/2009 9:44:28 AM

I would like to spray as well as mow, but I am concerned about the possible toxic effects.

10/14/2009 9:42:44 AM

I really need to learn more about pasture management

10/14/2009 9:36:43 AM

We spray for weeds as well

10/14/2009 9:17:18 AM

why is there only an "either / or" option? I mow and spray.

10/14/2009 9:12:35 AM

The weeds are trying to take over!!

10/14/2009 8:53:35 AM

Use a 'weed & feed' in the spring + mow, mow, mow and more mow.

10/14/2009 8:51:50 AM

I would like to know how to manage the weeds without killing the grasses.

10/14/2009 8:21:54 AM


10/14/2009 7:23:32 AM

broad leaf herbicide applicaton and mowing

10/14/2009 7:08:00 AM

mow, mow, mow!!

10/14/2009 7:04:06 AM

manually pull out weeds as well

10/14/2009 5:39:44 AM

mowing and Weedmaster

10/14/2009 2:18:27 AM

Combination of mowing, spraying and seeding in forage species

10/14/2009 1:57:25 AM

Pull by hand

10/14/2009 1:33:19 AM

Mowing, pulling & snipping... then burn em!

10/14/2009 1:32:52 AM

I actually mow, spray and dig weeds at different times.

10/14/2009 1:23:26 AM

Between the horses and the lawn mower, weeds are minimal!

10/14/2009 12:41:56 AM

removing manure from pasture

10/13/2009 11:55:51 PM

We also walk the pasture on a bi-weekly basis and hand pull toxic plants such as nightshades.

10/13/2009 11:40:48 PM

I pull them as sson as I see them

10/13/2009 11:07:00 PM

I have goats; there's not one weed in my pasture

10/13/2009 11:05:37 PM

8 yrs drought - weeds won

10/13/2009 10:59:32 PM

also do some spot spraying

10/13/2009 10:56:14 PM

weed and feed applications too

10/13/2009 10:26:03 PM

also spray/salt problem spots

10/13/2009 10:09:23 PM

i use to mow only, but weeds grew, so now i spray them

10/13/2009 10:04:44 PM

We also keep pasture mowed as well.

10/13/2009 9:54:16 PM

Husband sprays.I pulled the wild onions for three years each June.Easy to pull then.Now all gone

10/13/2009 9:07:12 PM

acombination of mowing and spraying

10/13/2009 9:00:06 PM

improves forage and makes it look good

10/13/2009 8:56:15 PM

Our ranch is 6,000 acres.

10/13/2009 8:41:58 PM

Also spot weed spraying, pulling them up too

10/13/2009 8:30:54 PM

We mow April, June, October and spray 2/4/D in September. Lime by soil test in March and fertilize

10/13/2009 8:26:16 PM

None of these. I hand weed regularly.

10/13/2009 8:05:24 PM

Spray Roundup. I have few weeds

10/13/2009 8:00:33 PM

GOATS love the weeds

10/13/2009 7:55:47 PM

manually pulling, spot spraying (off season), aerate, compost

10/13/2009 7:45:55 PM

and hand pulling

10/13/2009 7:45:47 PM

I spot spray the worst weeds

10/13/2009 7:31:28 PM

spray outside pasture, pull or use goat inside paddocks/pasture

10/13/2009 7:25:25 PM

If I spray I keep animals off the ground for a couple weeks or until we've had sufficient rain.

10/13/2009 7:23:10 PM

aerating, overseeding, adding compost, maintaining pH with lime, mowing

10/13/2009 7:23:06 PM

mowing & spraying with 24d

10/13/2009 7:10:59 PM

I live in CA--we go brown in the summer. I mow the heads off weeds before they go to seed.

10/13/2009 6:58:42 PM

as well as spraying

10/13/2009 6:42:56 PM


10/13/2009 6:36:25 PM

frequent mowing, no sprays!

10/13/2009 6:29:05 PM

Mow and spray, mowing doesn't get the low growers.

10/13/2009 6:24:51 PM

Fertilizing and weed spraying in the spring. lately we've cut back to every other year due to cost i

10/13/2009 6:23:47 PM

I have a small "pasture", so pull or dig many of the weeds

10/13/2009 6:15:56 PM

Mowing 2 to 3 Times per year and sometimes spraying when pastures are being rested

10/13/2009 5:50:08 PM

I Mow and spray the weeds

10/13/2009 5:47:00 PM

We pull,mow and spray.Also re-seed

10/13/2009 5:32:30 PM

Rotational program including different species such as goats and sheep.

10/13/2009 5:28:54 PM

Mowing, spraying, pulling, burning... whatever it takes!

10/13/2009 5:17:42 PM

Mow and targeted spray on tough ones

10/13/2009 4:56:48 PM

I do also occasionally spray, but wait a couple of weeks after I have been able to water and mow it

10/13/2009 4:56:45 PM

We mow, spray and rotate to prevent overgrazing.

10/13/2009 4:54:00 PM

routine mowing plus once a year spray

10/13/2009 4:44:52 PM

It's range land turnout, horses eat hay

10/13/2009 4:44:44 PM

I dig them out.

10/13/2009 4:33:36 PM

mowing and spraying

10/13/2009 4:25:41 PM

We have a vine like weed in the spring. I use a pine straw rake on my tractor to manually remove it

10/13/2009 4:22:24 PM

having land close to water I don't like to spray

10/13/2009 4:17:22 PM

oneI need alot more my to renovate my pastures.

10/13/2009 4:14:41 PM

pulling the hoary alyssum

10/13/2009 4:05:28 PM

Pasture what Pasture I have a rock Pasture and no weeds

10/13/2009 4:03:39 PM

Need a catagory for people who go around and pull weeds by hand!

10/13/2009 4:01:44 PM

Mow and spray

10/13/2009 3:59:34 PM

Also, spray and re-seed as needed.

10/13/2009 3:59:11 PM

I pull the toxic ones (mainly star thistle) by hand.

10/13/2009 3:53:49 PM

I also spray for weeds once ayear

10/13/2009 3:45:16 PM

need a choice for both mowing and spraying. I do both.

10/13/2009 3:39:15 PM

Spot treatment.

10/13/2009 3:38:02 PM

The only weed I must manage is thistles.

10/13/2009 3:32:36 PM

Good frequent mowing

10/13/2009 3:27:47 PM

I walk around with a hand sprayer and zap individual weeds. I also mow, but spraying is main method.

10/13/2009 3:26:53 PM

I also hand cut out iron weed if necessary

10/13/2009 3:19:40 PM

Rotational grazing, mowing plus occasional spot spraying

10/13/2009 3:15:01 PM

I also drag harrow in the early spring and fall

10/13/2009 11:23:28 AM

Regular mowing + periodic spraying for things like Carolina Nettle

10/13/2009 8:59:13 AM