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About Pavo Horse Grass Seed
Many meadows are sown with cattle grass seed mixtures. These grass seed mixtures have a high proportion of perennial ryegrass that grows very fast (production grass) and is fully tailored to the needs of cattle (including very high levels of sugar, energy and protein). Cows can produce excellent milk with these types of grasses. However, this mixture is less suitable for horses, because for horses it is better to use grasses that have a bit more structure and a little less sugar.
The horse pasture needs strong grasses that can withstand trampling and the way horses graze. Horses graze the plant much shorter than cows. Pavo grass seed gives a dense sod and contains healthy herbs with a lot of structure, making it ideal for horse pastures.
Composition of Pavo GrassSeed
What grass do you need for horses?
Because horses eat the grass so short, it is important to choose breeds in a mixture that have a low growth point. If the growth point of grass is eaten, the growth of the grass will stop. Normal (cattle) grasses have a somewhat higher growth point. The varieties in Pavo GrassSeed have a very low growth point. Fortitude of the grass is very important. The sod gets a better firmness and is more resistant to the "violence" of the horse's hooves. Breeds must be rich in structure (and not high-yielding grass, which must have a lot of Nitrogen to be able to grow fast). In a grass mixture for horses, the Fructan index must be low. Large amounts of fructans (simply the sugars in the grass) are poorly processed by the horse's digestive system. The intestinal flora can become overloaded with an overdose of fructans. That is why in a good horse mixture grasses are selected that have a low fructan index. The grass seed mixture has been developed with the above in mind. The mixture consists of:
Tips for sowing
A horse pasture can be sown from April to the end of September. The hot summer months are less suitable. For sowing, the advice is approx. 45 - 60 kg grass seed mixture per ha. to use. You should take into account that more grass seed is needed when sowing very small plots (so towards 60 kg per hectare). If a contractor sows the grass seed, 40-45 kilos per hectare is generally sufficient.
Horse grass with herbs is best sown by a contractor. When a professional takes care of everything, he can indicate exactly how the seedbed preparation and sowing can best be done. After all, he is familiar with the soil in your region. It is possible to create a horse pasture in-house. Below are some tips.
No tailor-made advice can be given regarding fertilization. We advise everyone who is going to re-sow a plot to have a soil sample taken to first check the fertilization status of the soil. Based on the results of a soil sample, it is possible to provide good advice to repair any nutrient deficiencies in the soil (think of liming to maintain the pH level). We provide fertilization advice free of charge and without obligation to get the soil in order again before sowing. Send us the results of the soil investigation, and you will receive advice tailored to horses on what to do with your plot.
Sowing and overseeding
Urine, molehills and frost and drought damage cause open spaces in the pasture. Even when nothing has happened to a pasture for many years, the pasture will be increasingly filled with weeds. By sowing a pasture it is possible to “fill up” the pasture with good grasses. Before reseeding or reseeding, cut the grass shortly. After this, loosen the soil with a harrow, tow or rake. When sowing you can apply by hand or with a fertilizer spreader. After reseeding, roll the land. Reseeding should be done by the contractor. The best period for overseeding or additional sowing is February / March or between mid-August and mid-October. Depending on the condition of the horse pasture, you will need 30 kg per hectare of Pavo GrassSeed.
Bags of 15 kg
Required per hectare:
Pavo GrassSeed has a shelf life of 24 months. The production date of the grass seed is stated on the packaging. The grass seed can still be used 24 months after production, but from then on the germination power of the seeds deteriorates.
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