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 is plowing.
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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