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Paddock topping, to reduce the length of the grass, is an important part of paddock maintenance and should be carried out on a regular basis. Topping removes the tall tough grass and weeds which are left by livestock and stops the spread of weeds since they are cut before they go to seed and spread. Ragwort, docks, buttercups and thistles are best controlled by regular topping. Topping will also stimulate new growth in the grass and create a much thicker sward helping to prevent weed growth. Most grazing livestock prefers a shorter moister grass rather than long tough grass and weeds.

We use both rotary and flail mowers to reduce the grass height. Normally a flail mower is preferable since it reduces the cuttings to small pieces called mulch which rots down quickly and helps improve the soil.

Paddocks that are out of control can be topped and brought back to a manageable condition.






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