When should I start planting

Discussion in 'Deer Management, Habitat & Conservation' started by Lynette, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    When should I start planting my clover. I have a small one acre clearing on top of a hill surrounded by 40 acres of oak. Should I lime it first then disc, or disc then lime? I was just going to plant white clover. Any thoughts?
     
  2. JackJr

    JackJr New Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    Land Of BLAHS
    Lynette, henry should be along soon and he'll have your answer for you. He's our resident gardener.:wink4:


    Jack
     

  3. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    Thanks Jack, got to go soon going climbin for a couple hours.
     
  4. JackJr

    JackJr New Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    Land Of BLAHS
    Where are you climbing? Haven't got much time for sunset.

    Jack
     
  5. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    MU has a indoor climbing wall, open 4PM to 9PM. I'll bring some mountain climbin pics to the Classic. Looking forward to meeting you.
     
  6. JackJr

    JackJr New Member

    Nov 30, 2002
    Land Of BLAHS
    Yep I'm very interested in your climbing. You definitely have some nerve and guts.:cheers::cheers::cheers:

    Jack
     
  7. Hoytshooter

    Hoytshooter Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Small Buck, MO
    I'd hold off a little on the clover. The only reason I say that is with our strange weather the odds of planting, getting germination then another freeze is a little too high for my liking right now.
    I would personally start preparing your ground now. Spray, work it, wait for germination, spray again, work it, and so on as many times as you can until you plant. You would be fine as long as you get it in by the middle of march or so.
    The reason I would spend as much time preparing your ground until then is that a spring planting of anything, clover for sure is succeptible to a bad weed problem if you don't do the work ahead of time to limit the chances. It's more work but it is definately worth the effort and you will see the results.
    As for lime you could spread it at any time, I would get it on in the process of preparing the ground, then plant and fertilize in a month or so.
     
  8. r2ahunter

    r2ahunter New Member

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    Dec 6, 2005
    down on the farm
    do a soil test that will help you know what you ground needs. You can take a sample to your local elevator and they normally dont charge for it. when doing that take from more than 1 area.
     
  9. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    Thanks Hoytshooter, I'll start this weekend working the ground by spraying, discing and liming. Instead of fertilizer, I have a friend who boards about a dozen horses, she said I could come get all the pine shavings/ manure my truck and trailer could hold. I'll be shoveling a lot of *&^# this weekend, literally. Appreciate the help.
     
  10. r2ahunter

    r2ahunter New Member

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    Dec 6, 2005
    down on the farm
    I would be tempted to put down the natural fert and shavings 1st and then work the ground then.
     
  11. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    OK r2ahunter, that gives me a good order do work in. Thanks, and thanks for telling me about the soil test. I forgot MFA did that.
     
  12. huntingmo

    huntingmo New Member

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    Jul 20, 2004
    Limbo
    be careful with the ferti;zers as they promote weed growth. Im just gonna put down lime this weekend..
     
  13. MUHunter

    MUHunter New Member

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    Aug 13, 2003
    NE MO
    My .02 would be that depending on what you are planning to spray, if you spray and then disc it you are really defeating the whole purpose of spraying. Plus, with the weather right now you aren't going to kill much of anything and if by chance you are its only winter annuals which you can get later as well as the new spring germination. If you are using some type of residual herbicide good chance it won't be there when the weeds start germinating come april anyway.
     
  14. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    I've got some round up to spray, got a 15 gal sprayer on my 4wheeler.
     
  15. huntingmo

    huntingmo New Member

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    Jul 20, 2004
    Limbo
    personaly its too early fer the roundup... The fescue you want to kill isnt green up ready to kill yet...
     
  16. Lynette

    Lynette Member

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    Oct 18, 2005
    So I should, spread my manure and lime, disc it in this weekend. Wait till mid march, spray, disc again. Then at the end of march seed my plot with my clover. By the thank you all for the help.
     
  17. huntingmo

    huntingmo New Member

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    Jul 20, 2004
    Limbo
    I would say that would be a good plan...
     
  18. MUHunter

    MUHunter New Member

    777
    Aug 13, 2003
    NE MO
    I would think that spreading your manure and lime and discing in this weekend would be a fine plan. I still don't know how much luck you will have later spraying then discing. Depending on what you are planting your clover into, spraying then disciing kinda just defeats the purpose as I mentioned earlier. B/c when you disc you will just most likely bring up new weed seeds for germination. Plus, this early your roundup just isn't going to do much killing b/c you don't have new weed germination yet and the weather just isn't that conducive for herbicide activity.
     
  19. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    Maybe Rat will chime in...he's a Roundup man....roundup kills by going to the root of the plant....I think if you spray, and disc soon after, you are wasting your spray, which is not cheap!!!
     
  20. Brake

    Brake Active Member

    Jan 28, 2005
    Livingston Co MO
    right before the last frost. if you know when that is tell me.