WHAT NOT TO DO OVER WIN­TER

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature Country Calendar: Winter -

PUG­GING (ABOVE) is a ma­jor sin and sadly there are still peo­ple who don’t seem to ap­pre­ci­ate that pug­ging wet soils does se­ri­ous dam­age to the del­i­cate crumb struc­ture of the soil. Air can no longer cir­cu­late as it be­comes wa­ter­logged and the crumbs are smeared. It can take years for the soil to come back to life again.

ON THE LEFT is a good ex­am­ple of how you can break feed cat­tle onto grass with­out caus­ing dam­age, by bring­ing a fence up be­hind cat­tle so they can’t tram­ple pas­ture they’ve al­ready grazed. You keep them mov­ing them on quickly so pas­ture still has enough leaf to keep the plant healthy over win­ter in prepa­ra­tion for re­growth over spring.

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