Grasses

Grasses

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...interferes with the mowing, and injures the quality of the hay. The meadow should not be grazed too closely or too late in the fall, since late, close grazing will leave the grass with little winter protection and may result in weakening the plants so as greatly to retard their growth the next spring. Timothy is easily killed by too close grazing, but this is not equally true of all grasses. Permanent pasture grasses, such as Kentucky blue-grass and the wild prairie grasses, may be pastured late in the fall without injury, provided the grass has been allowed to make a vigorous growth in the late summer and early fall. This may often be accomplished on 'a well-managed farm, by using the meadow aftermath for pasture as described above, allowing the grass in the regular pasture to make a rank growth during the early fall. Care of Pastures The productiveness of any pasture grass will be very much reduced by continued close grazing, for the leaves are the lungs and the stomach of the plant. In the leaves, carbon and water from the air, and mineral plant-food elements from the soil, are brought together and, in the presence of sunshine, chlorophyll, and lifegiving oxygen, the complex products are made which sustain the life of the plant and cause growth. The bad results of close grazing are especially noticeable in a dry season, but too close grazing at any time weakens the vitality of the plants so that they may not start quickly and vigorously in the spring. Grass should not, as a rule, be pastured the season it is sown. If the season has been very favorable, and if the grass has grown luxuriantly, it may be pastured lightly in the autumn. Close or late grazing should be carefully avoided, because the young plants need their green leaves in...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817109
  • 9781236817105