Cleaning manure from pastures accomplishes several important things: It reduces internal parasite contamination; It eliminates breeding habitats for flies; and, It minimises adverse effects on water sources from drainage across a manure-ridden pasture.
Flowers & Fields offer both large muck heap removal right through to regular paddock muck clearance.
Harrowing is a great way of rejuvenating depleted paddocks by removing dead vegetation whilst aerating the soil.
Topping is very beneficial for paddock maintenance as it helps to improve the pasture by encouraging new leaf growth and shoots from the base of the grass, resulting in a thicker sward. If the sward is nice and thick, there are fewer opportunities for weeds to grow.
Over-seeding is an incredibly simple and effective way to improve the quality and appearance of your paddock. The process of over-seeding is where you add additional grass seeds to an existing pasture. We recommend doing this at least once a year.
Flowers and Fields can supply various paddock seed mixes to improve horse paddocks and aid dietary requirements.
Horses need specialist fencing in paddocks to keep them within bounds and guard them against injury. Barbed wire and sheep mesh are dangerous; hedges have tempting gaps, and dry stone walls tend to fall apart. Which is why Flowers and Fields offer a number of options from post and rail, chain mesh fencing or post and mesh.
Drainage is fundamentally important to the health of your horse and paddock. Excess water build up can lead to thrush, harbour parasites and cause injury in a number of ways. Flowers and Fields can advise on the right drainage for your paddock, offering a number of solutions from french drains and soak-aways through to ditching and land drains.
There are numerous advantages of fertilising your pasture - Fertilisers provide the nutrients that plants need to grow properly. Fertilisers also yield trace elements that are taken up by horses and greatly contribute towards their health. Lime ensures a good pH value in the soil, which is necessary for good uptake of the nutrients.
Species such as docks, nettles, buttercups and ragwort can often be seen where horses graze. If left alone, they will eventually take over the whole field and are usually a sign of worn-out or damaged pasture that has been overgrazed. Ragwort can be particularly dangerous, becoming lethal to horses in certain cases.
Flowers and Fields can aid in all types of weed removal, from the 'traditional approach' by hand right through to the application of selective herbicides.
Why not combine some, or all, of the above services and spread the cost annually with our paddock maintenance packages.
Our fully tailored packages help ensure your paddocks are kept in top condition year round.
Get in touch today to discuss a package that is tailored to your specific requirements.