A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Spring Equinox










It really feels as though spring is here and of course today being the Equinox it is officially the beginning of Spring. Night and day are of equal length today and the farmers are busy in the fields. Here we see the tractor preparing the grassland trying to get it in top condition so that his animals get the best nutrients. Firstly they harrow the grass to remove the dead matter and then they roll it to get rid of the clods/lumps and bumps. Rolling helps the roots of the grass get re-established in the soil which will reduce moisture loss and soil erosion. This could be especially important if we get the predicted dry summer or many more sudden downpours such as we have seen here recently.

The final treatment  is top dressing the grass with fertiliser.








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