Amit Enventres wrote:Mowing will help set it back to grass only where it wants to convert to brush, then trees. Make sure the mowing doesn't leave huge chunks of biomass snuffing out the grass, if your trying to get that to grow. Animals need shade to be at optimal health, so if there's some trees trying to grow, you may want to let them, as long as they aren't toxic to your animals.
Now grass is great for grazers, but brush is good for browsers and provides shelter for small animals. If you are going to have a mixed heard, you might want to leave it as is.
Another note is that tall grass scattered with brush here means tick habitat and it's supposed to be a bad year.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Grace, what animals do you plan to use this pasture for?
Cows, Sheep, Horses and hogs are grazers and will prefer grasses with some trees around for shade in the heat of the day.
Goats, Donkeys and other browsers will love the brush along with a little grass.
Both groups will need shade trees but you could just add those now so they can get a fair amount of growth on them prior to the animals coming onsite.
Have you given any thought to whether or not you would best benefit from creating a Silvopasture?
This is what we are doing with our land, trees are left so there are shady areas but it is open enough for swaths of grasses to grow well.
Ticks can be fairly well controlled by a flock of guinea fowl.
Amit has made great points, with the time frame you mention, you have a great opportunity to direct this land in the direction you want it to go.