Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Part two - September 2009
Do we mow the pasture? Do we leave it looking a little untidy? If we "bush hog" it to mow, it will not look tidy but eventually it would all breakdown and by spring look good again. If we don't mow and leave it over winter it will look much like someone who got up in the morning and never brushed their hair. It would become a tangle of grown up, mature plant life, with next year's grown intermingled. If allowed to go back to the wild, you would most certainly start seeing little trees popping up. It would no longer be a horse pasture. Well, all of that is pretty extreme, it wouldn't happen for years............ but I still didn't know just what the answer was.
It was suggested to leave a strip of the summer growth for all the wildlife I'd like to nurture and cut the rest.
Our pasture has be mowed and baled, it looks nice and a little naked right now. And I have toured the strip of pasture not mowed. The butterflies are even more evident than before. All is good in the horse/butterfly pasture.