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Hay! Get Back Here!

Restore your hayfield to its former glory by following this practical advice.

It’s a common occurrence when folks buy rural property: They discover acres and acres of older hayfields that have been let go for years and are now full of weeds and small trees with the rest of the forest encroaching on the edges. Considering the effort that early homesteaders must have put into clearing the land and originally building up the soil quality and sod, it’s a shame to see all that work going to waste.

Whether the original crop was timothy, alfalfa, clover or some other type of hay, restoring these fields to productivity is certainly possible, but it requires some effort and a little bit of planning. Let’s take a look at the process.


An overgrown hayfield (left) was refurbished, mowed (middle) and continues toward being a viable producer (opposite page).
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