I just came into about 35 acres (it's close to the house!) to mow for hay. It didn't get mowed last year and now it has some standing broom straw in it, and looks pretty poor right now. I was wondering if I should bush hog it down, mow it like it is and then top dress it in the fall, or go ahead and put the lime and fertilizer to it like it is now? After talking to some buddies they seem to agree that i should lime and fertilize it now and mow it whenever it's ready. I know it's gonna take a couple years to get the grass where it should be, but this is free hay land, that belongs to a buddy of mine's mother, so I ain't complaining! Your thoughts are appreciated.