In preparation for my Paddock Improvement plan for the year I have been taking soil samples. All the rain last spring (which caused flooding in many parts of the UK) really took its toll on the field. The wet seems to have provided perfect conditions for buttercups and moss to go wild!
Unfortunately this meant that the grass didn't grow so well as it became smothered and my spot weed killing didn't have enough effect. This year I therefore need to take more drastic action to improve the soil, kill the weeds and give the grass a better chance. There are likely to be some areas that will need reseeding too!
Initially I thought 20 - 30 sounded A LOT of holes to dig. Luckily I had some help and an old spade which was designed for digging holes for fence posts - so not too wide. We dug to about 20 cm although this varied depending on the spot and whether we could get the spade in any deeper. Then I took a bit of soil from the bottom of the hole and we replaced the clog so that we did not leave a hole for a horse's leg to fit in! It did not take nearly as long as I expected and I think we probably took about 25 samples.
I will let you know what the outcome is and my next steps in the Paddock Improvement plan.
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