After what seems like an endless winter, we are finally starting to see some warmer temperatures here in Eastern PA. The trees are beginning to bud, daffodils are poking their heads out of the soil, and there’s mud everywhere! It’s time to do all the chores you’ve been waiting all winter to get done.
If you have a manure pile that’s been composting on your property for the past few months, early spring is the time to spread it on pastures or in your garden. By now the pile will have broken down and composted to the point where it’s not just manure – it’s a wonderful soil additive.
Before spreading, however, give your manure spreader, tractor, and any other equipment that’s been sitting all winter a thorough once-over. Your machines may need some minor repairs, greasing up, or replacement parts. It’s best to take inventory BEFORE you start spreading, mowing, or dragging – no one likes to get stuck in the middle of a job with a broken-down tractor!
While we’re on the subject of spreading manure on your fields, let’s talk about soil testing. Many Eastern PA farm owners choose to re-seed fields and pastures in the spring, and testing the soil is an easy and inexpensive way to find out what nutrients your pastures are lacking, helping you choose the right fertilizer for your property. Contact your local extension office to find out how to test your soil.
Winter weather wreaks havoc on fences, so before you turn your horses out in the pastures you’ve been resting for the past few months, do a thorough check of the fence lines. Get out there and walk every foot of fencing, checking for broken or missing boards, posts, wires, etc. Be sure to repair any broken or damaged parts of the fence line before putting horses out. While you’re inspecting the fence, take the opportunity to check pastures for bare spots, weeds, large rocks, or other hazards.
Take the time while it’s still early in the season to repair any other damage that may have occurred to your barns or outbuildings during the winter. Snow, ice, and wind can really do a number on roofs, gutters and doors, so take this “spring cleaning” opportunity to make any necessary repairs to your PA horse farm. Especially if you are going to be listing your property for sale, taking the time to make sure everything is in working order is essential.
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Cindy Stys, Broker/owner
The Premier Equine Realty Firm Serving Eastern PA
720 Smith Hill Rd
Stroudsburg, PA 18360