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Re-seeding Bahiagrass Pastures

Proper grazing management is the best insurance on bahiagrass pastures, but re-establishment is sometimes necessary.

Follow an 8″ and 3″ rule:  when the grass
reaches 8″ allow horses to graze, and when it
reaches 3″ remove animals from the pasture.

 

Essentials to re-seed:
  • Time – To achieve a well-rooted stand of bahiagrass allow for at least a year of undisturbed growth, remove all animals during this time.
  • Moisture – Success of establishment is dependent on moisture, be prepared to provide water to the pasture or plant during the rainy season.
  • Fertilization – Always start with a soil analysis of the area.  Fertilization after planting followed by an additional application post emergence is recommended.
  • Planting Method – Plant seeds 1/4″-1/2″ deep, roll or pack the soil to encourage seed to soil contact.

For more information on bahiagrass management:  http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ag342