Cut and lift operations
Grassland relies on grazing to prevent encroachment of scrub but cattle and sheep are not always the practical option. In this case an annual cut is the traditional and practical answer to keep pasture
A tractor with a flail mower or topper will cut the vegetation but a thatch of cuttings is left behind which obstructs the growth of all but the most vigorous plants. Also, as the cuttings rot, they return nutrients into the soil, increasing its fertility and allowing aggressive nettle, thistle and dock to smother the wild flowers.
To combat these problems hay cutting and baling year after year reduces the soil fertility, as nutrients are removed when the plant matter is collected. Over time, this helps improve biodiversity and is essential for creating or maintaining a wildflower meadow.
The timing of the cut is important; traditionally hay was cut from the middle of July onwards, allowing most flowering species to propagate by seed. Late-flowering species such as greater knapweed and clustered bellflower can benefit from a cut as late as September.
We can carry out cut and clear work all over the Home Counties. Our large tractors and fast travelling Unimogs keep costs at a minimum, even when travelling further distances.
Our contracting division can provide a free quotation for cut and lift operations.