Horse Herald: 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