Another On Pasture reader has a question and we need your help!
How do you manage the vegetation under and around your permanent fence lines organically?
We raise hair sheep and Angus cattle together in one flerd, and use electronet fencing for daily moves. Our perimeter fencing on our land is high-tensile 5-strand fence powered by an 8J charger; on our leased land I built a cheap 3-strand perimeter fence with 16-ga soft wire and composite posts, powered by a Premier Intellishock charger and a deep cycle marine battery.
Our fencing set-up has worked really well in general, but the main issue is the vegetation growth under the fence lines. We have about 40 acres of permanent or semi-permanent fence in the humid Northeast, where the vegetation threatens to overtake the fence by early June if we haven’t spent a dozen hours weed-whacking it, and then they require another round by mid-August. This Spring I built perimeter fence on the leased land so it would save us time on the daily flerd moves, but didn’t think about how much extra time it would require in weed-whacking! This is taking so much labor that we are seeking creative solutions. Side-mowers, landscape fabric, and flame torching are among the fantasies we’ve entertained.
What do you do?
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Kathy and Rachel
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