Paddock Weed Control

horse or pony in weedy paddock

Weed Control

 

Controlling weeds in paddocks is important because they:

  • Compete with grass for space, light, nutrients and water
  • Are unpalatable to your horse or pony
  • Can be poisonous, e.g. ragwort or buttercup
  • Take over the paddock and if left unchecked limit ability to graze
  • Can spread to neighbouring properties
  • Make pastures look messy, untidy and unkempt.

There are several control options. These include:

  • Dig them out - OK for small numbers
  • Cut them down - temporary effect as perennial weeds will grow back
  • Use a herbicide – via a knapsack or boom sprayer (ATV or tractor).
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Which herbicide to use?

Much will depend on how many weeds are present. Knapsack control works out more cost effective if weed populations are below 5% (count number of docks or thistles in a 5m x 7m area – this number gives the % weed population).

Choose a product that will deliver a:

  • High level of safety so grass growth is unaffected
  • Short grazing interval so animals can return back to paddocks quickly

Envy™ and Grazon®Pro meet these requirements. They are professional use products which you can use if you hold a PA2 (for boom sprayer) and/or PA6 (for knapsack) certificate of competence (visit  www.nptc.org.uk  for details of your nearest course).  If not then seek training or employ a spray contractor or local farmer to do the job for you. To find a local spray contractor use "find a spray contractor" support tool in the Grassland App

Envy™

  • Where grass is over grazed or short of nitrogen it struggles to compete with dominant weeds like buttercups, dandelions and daisies
    • Envy controls these weeds and more
  • Very safe to grass
  • Has a stock withdrawal period of just 7 days (but could be longer if poisonous weeds such as ragwort are present)
  • Translocates deep into the roots ensuring a lasting level of control
  • No residues in manure
  • Apply via a boom sprayer
  • Apply between 1st February and 30th November

 

Grazon®Pro

  • Designed for application via a knapsack sprayer
  • Provides excellent control of broadleaved dock, curled dock, creeping thistle, spear thistle and common nettle and also has an effect on a large range of other weeds
  • Fast-acting and moves to the roots ensuring high levels of long-term control
  • Stock grazing can resume 7 days after application (but longer if poisonous weeds such as ragwort are present)
  • It is very good value for money – 16 knapsacks from each litre of product when mixed in 10 litre batches

It is rainfast in only 2 hours and is very safe to grass