Fertilisers - Paddock Care 

When it comes to fertilizing horse paddocks, it's important to consider the specific needs of the grass and soil in order to promote healthy growth and maintain a safe environment for the horses. Here are some general guidelines for fertilizing horse paddocks: 
 
• Soil Testing: Before applying any fertilizers, it's advisable to conduct a soil test to determine the nutrient levels and pH balance of the soil. This will help you understand the specific fertilizer requirements for your paddock. 
 
• Balanced Fertilizer: Generally, a balanced fertilizer with a ratio of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) such as a 10-10-10 or 15-15-15 can be suitable for horse paddocks. However, it's important to note that excessive phosphorus levels can lead to runoff and environmental issues, so consider a low-phosphorus fertilizer if your soil already has sufficient levels. 
 
• Slow-Release Fertilizers: Opt for slow-release or controlled-release fertilizers, as they provide nutrients to the grass gradually over time, minimizing the risk of over-fertilization or nutrient leaching. Slow-release fertilizers help maintain steady growth and reduce the chances of lush pasture, which can be a risk for horses. 
 
• Application Timing: Apply fertilizers during the active growing season for grass, typically in the spring and fall. Avoid fertilizing during periods of drought or excessively wet conditions, as the effectiveness of the fertilizer may be reduced. 
 
• Application Rates: Follow the manufacturer's instructions and the results of your soil test to determine the appropriate application rates for your paddock. Over-application of fertilizers can lead to nutrient imbalances, excessive grass growth, and potential health risks for horses. 
 
• Pasture Rotation: Implement a pasture rotation system, where horses are rotated between different paddocks. This allows the grass in one paddock to recover while the horses graze in another, reducing the need for excessive fertilization. 
 
• Manure Management: Proper management of horse manure is essential for maintaining a healthy paddock. Regularly remove manure to prevent nutrient buildup and avoid overloading the soil with excessive nutrients. 
 
Remember, it's always a good idea to consult with local agricultural extension services or soil experts who can provide specific recommendations based on your region's soil conditions and grass species. It would also be advisable to read the UK government website for more information on regulations regarding spreading products. 
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Established in the 1930s, Davies Implements Ltd is a family run company with its origins based on sales, service and repair of agricultural machinery. See some of the old pictures from the 1940s. Whilst continuing to serve the farming community, the experience gained over the years has enabled us to diversify into other product lines and industries including that of arboriculture, forestry, horticulture and hiring. In tandem with diversification the company’s customer base has shifted to stradle both rural and urban communities as well as the public sector. Primarily serving the South and West Wales area, we have customers from across the UK. We also import products from the following companies. Octowood Manufacture the creosoted octagonal Octoposts with a 25 year guarantee Logosol Manufacture timber cutting equipment suitable for the hobby to professional user such as planners, molders and sawmills. Kellfri Manufacture a diverse range of machinery for agriculture and forestry suitable for the smaller land owner

Davies Implements Limited
Davies Implements Ltd, Blaenteg Trevaughan, Carmarthen, SA31 3QN, Wales
e: sales@daviesimplements.co.uk, t: 01267 237726

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