Your guide to sustainable horsekeeping

The Green Horse section provides practical information on managing environmentally sustainable horse properties, readers stories and tips, as well as advice and articles from equestrian experts in their fields.

August September 2018
Vol 40 No 2

In this issue of The Green Horse you will find the following articles:

Information Exchange -
ALOE- straight from the plant to the horse.
Beware of these seeds

by Wendy Elks
This tuber root may manage
sugar levels in your horses.

part 2
by Rebecca Cassells
The retention and maintenance of existing trees should be prioritised over revegetation efforts.

Wild Horse help restore Moorlands.
Drought proofing Australia's Horse Properties.


by Mark Brown
You can beat the weeds, it is just a matter of systematic control and attacking the patches at the right time of the year with the right approach, be it chemically or manually removing them.

With cold and wet conditions facing some horse owners around the country it’s worth keeping on top of jobs to minimise the impact adverse weather conditions can have on your horses and property’s infrastructure.

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by Mark Brown - ENVIRAPEST

In our chat in the last issue, we spoke about mapping the weeds throughout your property. Hopefully, you all looked around, put pen to paper and started to map up those weed patches.

By now you’re probably peeking through the back window watching those same old weeds peering back at you from the horizon. Annual weeds have a habit of returning each year - like your local Shire’s rate bill. You know it’s coming, but still cringe when it finally arrives.

You can beat the weeds, it is just a matter of systematic control and attacking the patches at the right time of the year with the right approach, be it chemically or manually removing them.

Being Realistic Helps...

Option 1: Hide inside so you don’t have to look at the weeds.

Option 2: Hit the ground running and let the weed-bullets fly.

Their is a limited ‘weed-treatment-window’ when you can be effective against weeds so the key is to set some realistic objectives during this period.

Don’t go and clean out the chemical shelves at your local farm supply shop hoping to eradicate every weed on the property at once, as your time and money could be far better utilised by budgeting for one area or weed species and attacking that vigorously.

It’s common for small property owners to hit what I call ‘the weed wall’. As a contractor over the past 20-odd years, I see it all too often. A client will buy a 20litre drum of weed killer and they have grand plans to treat every single weed on site. It is a time consuming job and they quickly run out of steam by the end of day one or two. Don’t fall into this trap. Pick your weed species, determine the area/size to attack and budget for that.

Make a very realistic timeframe of your availability to perform the work, whether you are physically removing the weeds or using chemical control. Time flies past quickly and the ‘weed-treatment-window’ can close on you quickly.

Picking The Right Weed Fight
Whenever you start a weed war, choosing the right battle lines to cross can make a huge difference to your end results.

• Is the weed more susceptible to chemical control or manual removal?

• How much does the product cost to control the weed?

• Has the plant seeded or already flowered? (Am I too late or too early to treat).

• Where did the weed originate from on the property? (Is the weed gradually spreading down a slope from above? If so, start at the likely source).

• Is the weed blowing over from the neighbours? If the answer is yes - again, attack that weed source from there first.

• Is there a low/damp area in the paddock that ‘weeds-up’ first? Then consider hitting that area - all guns blazing.

Don’t bang your head against the weed wall. You don’t want the chosen weed to continuously re-establish itself year after year. Look for the weed source and treat that when practical.

Weeds establish themselves in a variety of ways, but it doesn’t hurt to take-five and think about the ‘how’ they got here before you proceed with the ‘destroy.’

Lacing up your ‘weed-whackin’ boots

Weed management can be like a crash Christmas diet - great in theory, but difficult to start. For those who can get through the starting stages the results are extremely rewarding.

Watching weeds disappear over time on a weed map is something to be proud of. It creates value to your property and aesthetically gives it ‘street cred’, not to mention the value of more feed in the paddocks and less holes in your wallet in the long term.

Weed management is an investment in the future of your property and something that deserves some planning, mapping and either arranging for a professional to do the weed eradication or setting aside some of your ‘horse’ time so you can get this job done at the most approrpriate time to have the most impact on the weeds.



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