Did you know that you can prevent weeds from growing by what you feed your soil?
Do you wish that you could PREVENT Weeds from growing instead of fighting them after the fact?
Weeds only dominate and grow in conditions where healthy diverse pastures can not thrive. And you can change the conditions based on how you treat your soil. This means you are able to manage for what you want and eliminate all the worry and spending fighting weeds.
Most strategies against weeds actually make the problem worse. Once you understand your soil, you will also see the way forward.
Why WEEDS grow instead of GRASS
Healthy and productive grasslands thrive where the fungal biomass is in balance (1:1 ratio) with the bacterial biomass. Weeds like pigweeds, dock, cocklebur and pokeberry generally grow in conditions that are too bacterially dominated. Bushy and tree-like weeds like blackberry and locust dominate where the soil has moved too fungal for healthy grassland.
When we overgraze our pastures, we take away a lot of the grass stems and leaves that would otherwise fall on the soil surface and feed fungi. Plus, the animals stomp and churn the soil, and deposit manure, saliva, milk foam, and urine (all bacterial foods) onto the soil that lacks carbon on top, and they make it too bacterial. When this happens, we get weeds in our pastures.
What you can do to stop WEEDS?
Re-seeding does not correct the root of the problem, nor do they create the habitat needed for success. Many people try re-seeding with little success because they have to take care of the basics.
Herbicides harm the soil microbes and when they die, the soil flattens into compaction and loses its air space. Herbicides also tie up critical nutrients in the soil because they are heavy salts. This pulls the nutrients away from your plants and the microbes – and inhibits proper nutrient cycling. Often, herbicide use will keep you in the cycle of growing more weeds!
Once you take care of the basics (like knowing what to feed your soil), you will find that you likely will not need to pay for many of the more expensive pasture renovation techniques, so you can save time and money and get better results!
Stomping down fungal foods like brown stems of hay and dead stems of grasses onto the soil surface will increase your fungal biomass. Stomping in manure, saliva, milk foam, urine, and legumes or young green grasses into the soil will feed bacterial biomass.
In this case study, we show how we fed the soil to favor grass and eliminate weeds; see how the weeds are struggling for nutrient and being eaten by insects while the grass is thriving.
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