Step 2 – Sowing/Seeding:
- Remove the aerator and replace with a seed spreader. We use a PTO driven spreader, but we have done it previously with an electric spreader (and by hand).
- Set the seed throwing direction (we use the centre-throw) and adjust the feed-rate to suit the seed you are using. This info should come with your spreader, but if not, then it might take a few laps around to work it out – trial and error style.
- Hook the harrows on behind the spreader, spiky side up this time to help roll some soil over the seed, and away you go again.
- Some tips:
- If you’re not in difficult terrain, then change your tractor back to 2WD to save on fuel.
- Walking pace seems to work best for sowing and it’s a much nicer ride.
- Once you start spreading the seed, note how far it throws out to each side, then adjust your paddock-laps to suit, so that you don’t get too much overlap of seed (it’s too expensive to waste).
- That’s it, pack-up when done and start doing your favourite rain dance!
- Note: Pelletised lime and/or fertilizer can also be applied with the seed if the soil test indicates the need, but we have usually done this separately about 6 months prior to sowing, as recommended by our agronomist.
We hope this series has been helpful and you enjoy watching your efforts grow into a strong, healthful pasture for your horses.