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9 tips to successful chemical-free weed management


Research from the US found nine key strategies for maintainin­g good quality pasture (or crops) without the use of sprays.

• SOIL test and fertilise accordingl­y.

• SELECT adapted species combinatio­ns, eg horses and sheep.

• MAINTAIN proper soil pH.

• USE appropriat­e seeding rates.

• CONTROL perennial weeds before sowing new pasture.

• PRACTICE rotational grazing.

• WALK pastures to catch emerging weed problems.

• CONTROL developing weed problems by hand cutting or mowing.

• CONSIDER renovating pasture if it starts to develop a weed problem.

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