Mow New Pasture?

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Hello there.

I have a new pasture that I planted about 10 weeks ago and wonder if I should mow it. It has Fescue, Timothy, Orchardgrass, Ryegrass, Alfalfa and is about 6 - 10 inches tall. I plan to turn loose a few steers in about 6 weeks, when the new fence is ready. It's a bit weedy in spots and that's one of the reasons I'd like to mow. I'm located in NE Ohio if it matters.

Thanks, Andrew

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Anonymous

> Hello there.

> I have a new pasture that I
> planted about 10 weeks ago and
> wonder if I should mow it. It has
> Fescue, Timothy, Orchardgrass,
> Ryegrass, Alfalfa and is about 6 -
> 10 inches tall. I plan to turn
> loose a few steers in about 6
> weeks, when the new fence is
> ready. It's a bit weedy in spots
> and that's one of the reasons I'd
> like to mow. I'm located in NE
> Ohio if it matters.

> Thanks, Andrew

Mowing the pasture to cut the weed tops and heads will prevent them from seeding out. Eventually; you will see a substantial decrease in the weed population if you continue light mowing. You should be very careful if you choose not to mow and use a herbicide instead for the weeds. A broadleaf type herbicide to kill weeds will most likely damage the alfalfa in your pasture stand. Be sure to choose the right product for herbicide control.
 

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