Landscaping and Paddock Maintenance

Field & Forest Services offers a comprehensive range of solutions for landscaping and maintaining paddocks and pasture land. Click any of these links for further details of each offering:
Gates and Fencing
Groundworks Services
Paddock and Pasture Topping 
Pasture and Grassland Fertilisation 
Solar Farm Maintenance 
Harrowing
Rolling
Paddock and Pasture Spraying
Over Seeding 
Soil Aeration

Gates and Fencing

Paddocks need to be secured both to protect livestock and keep surrounding fields safe. Field and Forest Services build and maintain fences of all types according to each client’s requirements:

  • Post and rail fencing using from two to five rails, with additional stock fencing or rabbit wire if required.
  • Stock fencing using a combination of high tensile netted wire, barbed wire strainers and posts, with durable, low-maintenance equine netting to avoid sharp edges and/or trapped hoofs available as an option if required.
  • Feather edge fencing for domestic gardens and/or areas where privacy is a requirement.
  • Wooden or galvanised metal field gates, kissing gates, etc.

Groundworks Services

Field and Forest Services offer a comprehensive range of groundworks services:

  • Construction of field roadways to paddocks.
  • Laying of hardcore at gateways.
  • Pipe laying and trough installation for the delivery of fresh water to livestock.
  • Development of concrete bases for stables and storage buildings, and footings for larger buildings.

Paddock and Pasture Topping

Field and Forest Services use flail mowers to create mulch for soil conditioning, while heavy rear rollers help level uneven ground. Other features of the service include:

  • Removal of tough grass unsuited to livestock needs
  • Weed control to eradicate intrusive ragwort, docks, buttercups, thistles, etc.
  • Stimulation of new grass growth to help stop further spread of weeds

Pasture and Grassland Fertilisation

Field and Forest Services use a range of fertilisation techniques to promote growth, replenish minerals and other nutrients, and increase sward density to hinder weed growth without harming livestock:

  • Low nitrogen fertiliser for horse and pony paddocks.
  • Fertiliser for hay in areas where there are no grazing animals.

Solar Farm Maintenance

Field and Forest Services deliver a range of solar farm operations and maintenance packages tailored to our clients’ individual needs:

  • Regular site visits for facilities inspection, damage control, groundwork maintenance, etc with follow-up reporting, and recommendations and cost estimates for remedial works.
  • Delivery of maintenance services including panel cleaning, grass mowing and seeding, weed control, hedge cutting, tree planting, ecological management, etc.

Harrowing

Field and Forest Services undertake harrowing in spring (or early autumn, together with aeration) to deliver the following benefits:

  • Removal of thatch and dead grass to let more air and light in, and enable new growth by increasing the density of the sward.
  • Facilitating the removal of moss and weeds.
  • Helping level ground and mole hills.
  • Making it harder for weeds to take hold and smother the grass.
  • Helping distribute horse or cow manure, enabling it to rot and release its nutrients more easily.

Rolling

Field and Forest Services undertake paddock rolling in the drier weather of spring to deliver the following benefits:

  • Helps level uneven ground caused by grazing livestock and tractors or other vehicles.
  • Compresses the grass during paddock rolling to make it spread out more, which creates a thicker sward and helps prevent weeds.
  • Pushes back into the ground any stones that have been unearthed by harrowing.
  • Can be used during reseeding or over seeding to encourage better germination (with the appropriate roller).

Paddock and Pasture Spraying

Field & Forest Services undertake paddock and pasture spraying with appropriate herbicides when docks, thistles, ragwort, fat hen, buttercups, speedwell and nettles are just beginning to emerge. Spraying should also be carried out in a paddock and on pasture land that are about to be completely re-sown, to kill off all weeds before sowing or drilling takes place.

Over Seeding

Field & Forest Services carry out over seeding in spring between March and April, or in late summer/autumn around September and October. Benefits include:

  • Ensures pasture remains in good condition, reducing weeds and maintaining nutritional value.
  • Increases sward productivity by up to 25%.
  • Improves grass quality, delivering more grazing days for livestock.

Soil Aeration

Livestock, horses, machinery and bad weather can all tend to compact the soil over time. The result of this compaction can be poor drainage and run off, and an environment that favours weeds, moss and disease. Field & Forest Services’ soil aeration solutions reduce soil compaction and ensure better drainage. Other benefits include:

  • Allows more oxygen to penetrate the soil, enabling grass roots to grow deeper. This means an increased likelihood of survival during dry spells and improved productivity.
  • Helps reduce thatch, which is made up of grass roots and stems that accumulate faster than they break down. Thatch build-up encourages weeds and disease.
  • Possibly reduces the need for fertiliser in some cases.
  • Helps increase worm population, resulting in faster breakdown of dead organic matter and dung.
  • Increases lifetime of paddock and grassland (if aeration is regularly carried our) and enables faster recovery from grazing or mowing.
  • Reduces poaching of grassed areas caused by livestock and Horses.