The sun is hot on the fields. The grass and weeds are tall out in the pasture. It’ s the last of summer. The fields currently look like the idyllic homestead. But even though this looks and feels like downtime, it’s not. There is still maintenance to be done. The long growth in the fields needs to be cut.
Why, when it’s so pretty to look at? Because good fields require good maintenance, and part of maintaining the fields, is to brush hog, or mow them in May, after the grass has really begun to grow, and again in September before the fields go to seed. Doing so, gets rid of the weeds that would otherwise take over your fields.
Sure, there are some types of weeds that might grow in your field that aren’t harmful for your animals, and some of the types that can be harmful, won’t be harmful in May, and may not be harmful yet in September. But, once the grass has died down in the fall and winter, the dried weeds may make your animals ill.
Cutting the weeds in the spring, reduces their numbers. Cutting again just before fall begins, ensures that the fewest seeds of those weeds are able to be dropped. The number of weeds that will survive mowing at least twice a year will be very very few. Labor Day is probably as late as you can get away mowing. However, a field that was not properly mowed this year, can always be properly mowed next year. If you mow much later than Labor Day, the field will not have a decent amount of food on it for your animals for the winter.
Until next time,
Homestead in health ya’ll!