Greener Pastures, 'Blackgrounds Farm' , Culworth Road, , Chipping Warden , Oxfordshire, OX17 1LZ, United Kingdom
doug@greenerpastures.co.uk tel: 07890294377
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Fertilizer

Greener pastures offer an advisory and application service for fertilizers.  Conditions vary widely within the area as do the levels of fertility in the soil.  We recommend that soil testing is done yearly in the early spring to ascertain the nutrient levels of the soil.  The results of the soil test will clearly show what is needed to optimize the performance of the field.fert_spreader.jpg
Horse manure harbors the larvae and eggs of parasitic worms.  If it has to be spread on fields it should be applied in the autumn, allowed to wash in over the winter and grazed by cattle or sheep before turning horses out. It is not a substitute for fertilizer and will create more problems than it is worth.
We use compound fertilizers in most situations but also offer an organic option.  Grass requires the following nutrients in a balanced form along with a wide range of trace elements to perform to its potential.  Grass is the cheapest and best form of food for horses and even horses in heavy work benefit from a small amount of grass in their diet. It is equally important to maintain a clean pasture by regular weed spraying.

Nitrogen
The leaf maker: it is an essential nutrient but in regulated amounts.  Clover root nodules produce nitrogen which is available for the grass to utilize.  The pasture needs to be balanced with a good mix of both grasses and clover.  Too much clover and there will be too much nitrogen produced for the grass leading to problems with laminitis and hot horses.

Phosphate
Animals bone are chiefly composed of calcium and phosphates and an imbalance in the ratio will effect bone formation in growing horses.  It is equally fundamental for growing grass- as the root maker.  Levels of phosphate in the soil is on of the most overlooked of all.  It is vital to the health of your animals and for grass growth especially during the winter months where a strong root mat is most important.

Potash
Potash tends to be deficient in lighter easily leached soils.  It is vital for clover growth which in turn will produce nitrogen at a balanced rate for grass growth.