I was on the web looking for advice on starting an organic
farm on land I found 30 miles north of Atlanta. The 2-acre
field was a horse pasture a few years ago. It is now in fescue
and 3-foot high goldenrod. What’s the best way to get
rid of all that before planting clover for the winter?
The best you can do is probably mow the fescue and goldenrod
down to the ground. It would be most helpful if the material
could be baled and removed to facilitate the next step, which
In order to eliminate the fescue as a weed in the clover,
you’ll need to turn it under. That means plowing and
disking the ground, then seeding it to clover. I’m not
sure what your plans are for next spring and why you want
the clover. If only a portion of your land will be planted
to nitrogen-loving crops, you may want to till out that portion
to start the clover, leave the rest in mowed fescue till spring,
and deal with it then.
I would need more information and details on your future
plans to be of more help.
Best of luck,
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