Managing Horse Pasture

Written by Randall Holman

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Establishing and maintaining a productive pasture is not too difficult. A few dollars spent on soil nutrients for your pasture is a good investment. Fertilizer will help your pasture to become more productive and produce more forage. Fertilizer costs will generally be offset from good pasture rotating and from savings in feed costs for hay and grain supplements.

Mowing is also important of pasture management. It minimizesrepparttar spread of weeds to help maintain higher quality forage. Mowing weeds before seed heads are produced limitsrepparttar 147294 spread of weeds. Grass should be mowed to 3-4 inches.

No matter how well you manage your pasture, it will most likely thin. To help ensure pasture continues to produce good grass, new forage seed should be spread every year. It is recommended re-seeding be done inrepparttar 147295 spring or fall. Inrepparttar 147296 spring, wet conditions will allow for germination and growth, but only if it is not too wet or muddy. Inrepparttar 147297 fall, there will be less competition from weeds. Grazing should not be allowed on new grass seedlings for approximately 6 to 8 weeks after emerging fromrepparttar 147298 ground to allow for proper root growth.

Caution! Turning your horse out on green lush pasture before conditioning him to a change in diet is dangerous and can result in sickness or possibly death. Start your horse out slowly by letting him graze for few minutes each day and gradually increase to a few hours each day.

Randall Holman, site owner of Front Range Frenzy and horse enthusiast, is the author of this article. You will find other easy and practical basic horse care information on his website:

Making Your Own Bird Feeder

Written by Greg Pilson

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1.Wash and dryrepparttar carton thoroughly.

2.Decorate your carton however you would like.

3.Using your scissors cut a square in each side ofrepparttar 147293 carton (a square big enough to fit at leastrepparttar 147294 head of a bird).

4.Using your hole punch (or your scissors) make a small hole below each square.

5.Push your sticks or rods throughrepparttar 147295 holes from one side ofrepparttar 147296 carton torepparttar 147297 other (the sticks will form a t).

6.Fillrepparttar 147298 bottom of your carton with bird seed.

7.Punch a hole (or two if you like) inrepparttar 147299 top of your carton.

8.Hang your finished feeder to a tree branch with string.

Although these bird feeders will not last forever (or even close), they are a fun, inexpensive way for children to learn about birds andrepparttar 147300 importance of caring for our wildlife.

Greg Pilson is an avid bird watcher who also dabbles in freelance photography of his favorite subjects. When hes not working full time in the engineering industry, he writes as a freelance writer for a site that offers information about bird feeders, bird houses and more.

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