Solutions: Insect & Weed Control
Can We Get Rid of These Pests Please?
There are many integrated management strategies for keeping the ‘bad guys’ at bay while encouraging ‘helpers,’ like violet-blue swallows, who can eat thousands of flies each per day. Learning about and encouraging the ‘good guys,’ knowing how to identify noxious and toxic weeds that can harm or kill livestock, and preventing the ‘bad guys’ from becoming entrenched on your property are essential components to land and horse health.
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Western Washington Plants Known to be Poisonous to Horses
USDA-SCS, and excerpted from: Pasture Management for Horses and Ponies, Gillian McCarthy; and, Plants that Poison Livestock in Thurston County, Thurston County Noxious Weed Control Agency.
Tansy Ragwort is highly toxic to livestock and should be pulled using gloves and then bagged and disposed of in a landfill. Horses and livestock will generally eat around growing plants, however dried plants that have been mowed, pulled or sprayed can become palatable to them, causing death. Seeds are viable in the soil for decades; pull plants before they go to seed.
Start the grazing season out right by learning about pasture management, effective irrigation, composting horse manure, fly predators for fly control—and more! Join the farm owners and educator/horse owner Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn the basics managing horse properties with a least-toxic approach.
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water and farm owners Lori Nevin and Jeffery Harr as we observe the horse and land management practices on this 6-acre horse property. We will discuss ways to reduce mud, compost horse manure, keep pastures productive, reduce flies, reduce chemical use—and more!
Join us at Canter Creek Farm to see how this landowner simplified her life and laid out her chore-efficiency plans for her two-horse, two-goat, four-acre property. Some of the super simple techniques you’ll see include low-maintenance fencing, composting, hay storage, mud management, bedding reduction and more!
Are weeds or flies a problem on your horse or livestock property? Join the King Conservation District and Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water for a look at eco-friendly, least-toxic ways to manage weeds, bugs, and odors. Make your place nicer for you, your horses, and the natural world, too! Join us for light dinner, snacks, and helpful education.
Learn the steps to keep pastures in tip-top shape while eliminating weeds and providing maximum forage for your horses.
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Learn about [more] natural solutions that you can use for fertilizing, weed control and pest control that can save you money and be healthier for your horses, your soil and the environment.
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Swallows are one of many beneficial species that can provide natural or integrated pest control by reducing populations of flies, mosquitoes, and other vectors that can harm livestock and can bring disease. Learn about attracting and providing habitat for these and other beautiful and beneficial creatures.
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