Horse Paddock Care - Methods

Spreading paddock grass seed with a seed spreader - Boston Seeds Regular maintenance of your paddock is key to keeping your horses fit and healthy. Ensure that the pasture provides a dense and nutritious sward by using some of the simple methods below.


Overseeding using grass seed is the most successful and economical way to improve horse paddocks that have open swards and damaged areas. Overseeding can be done either by manual broadcasting or with help of a spreader. Our Paddock Repair Grass Seed will establish quickly without disturbing grazing, and is excellent for repairing poached areas along fences and in gateways.


The re-seeding of a paddock is recommend if the damage is severe. If re-seeding is deemed necessary, we would recommend either our Classic Horse Paddock Grass Seed or Triple 'H' Horse Paddock Grass Seed which are both ideal for new paddocks.


For grazing land, it is advised to harrow before overseeding. Chain harrowing opens the sward and removes dead grass for the introduction of your seed. It is important to give the new seedlings every chance to compete with the established grass, so nitrogen applications should be delayed or reduced as this stimulates growth in existing grass. Chain harrowing or rolling will also help rejuvenate the grassland. This helps to keep a regular sward and avoid any unnecessary injuries to the horses due to uneven ground.


Test the soil to establish the pH. If the pH is acidic applying lime will reduce the acidity, enabling the grass to get all the necessary nutrients. Fertilisation of paddocks should take place in spring and autumn. Refer to manufacturers recommendations for rest periods afterwards. We offer a range of fertiliser for spring and autumn application.