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.
If you have horses, then you have to put up with muck, right? Wrong! Make your place healthier for horses, reduce the pest insect population, help your property become more productive during the growing season, AND make it a chore-efficient place for you to manage.
Join Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn practical strategies that can save on vet bills, improve horse mental and physical health, and increase the value and chore efficiency of your property—all while fighting climate change and storm water pollution. Join us for a fun weekend of horse keeping practices that will make your place chore-efficient, aesthetically-pleasing, horse-healthy, customer-friendly AND good for the environment.
Start out the grazing season right by learning how to make pastures more productive and control weeds. Join educator and horse owner Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water to learn the basics becoming a “grass farmer,” including how grasses grow, rotational grazing, small farm equipment, fencing options, spreading compost, creating sacrifice areas, least-toxic weed control, effective irrigation—and horse health.
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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