Phil Stevens wrote:One of the best ways to improve pasture is with managed grazing. Start with fences and water. Have a way to move them often so that you can leave lots of biomass behind. Start with small numbers and add stock as the soil quality improves and starts producing more forage.
Let the animals do most of the work, and limit your interventions to over- or undersowing with a mix of species to get more diversity in the root mass feeding the soil microbes. What sort of livestock do you plan on having?
Phil Stevens wrote:All the machinery is there. You just need to oil some gears and a way to set it in motion. Sheep are great for breaking in rough pasture and you could follow them with chickens in a tractor. Careful with free-ranging poultry, as they will preferentially eat all the herbaceous stuff and leave you with a grass dominant sward. You want a good mix of legumes and forbs for N fixation and deep taproots to bring up minerals, and chickens in particular are really rough on the forbs.
S Bengi wrote:My idea of a silvo pasture/savannah/prairie is one that is at most 25%, but there isn't some legal definition of what a silvo-pasture and even if there was so what, lol.
I think that some diakon radish/tillage radish will help de-compact the soil. And then a nice foundational layer of 80% legumes. I think that rotational grazing will help improve the pasture too, and for that you could just get some portable electric fencing/netting, and move it daily, so that you have 28-49 mini-pastures. With that many "mini-pasture" you will be able to give each one at least a months rest that will help the "herd" with worms/etc and it will also give the "grass" enough time to recover and grow back.