Soil aeration

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Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
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Soil aeration

Hi everyone tossing up between purchasing an aerator or chisel plough to aerate a few paddocks on a small farm.
Hoping a few members on this site has some experience in either to pass on some knowledge.
Its mainly dairh pasture and not irrigated.
Any help be great thanks

Last seen: 07/14/2020 - 22:54
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Hi Albertgotdonkey,

Welcome to the small farm forum and thanks for the question.

If you are just looking at getting oxygen into the soil an aerator would work fine. You will want to choose the right time to aerate, with the soil being not too dry or wet.

In my experience a chisel plow would do too much damage to your existing pasture and make the paddocks very rough. If you were looking at removing the old pasture and replacing it with new a chisel plow could be used as part of the preparation process.

Also, using an aerator will be much faster, less costly and more efficient then a chisel plow.

Regards,

Charlie

Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
Joined: 03/20/2019 - 11:41

Thanks for that Charlie. Also looking at a 3 tyne ripper as well for depth and hopefully dont disturb soil as much as a chisel plough

Last seen: 07/14/2020 - 22:54
Joined: 02/28/2011 - 14:19

Deep ripping sounds like a better idea, it is a good way to incorporate gypsum or lime into the sub-soil.

If your paddocks have rocks in the sub-soil I would not consider deep ripping.

Charlie

Last seen: 02/11/2020 - 07:45
Joined: 03/20/2019 - 11:41

Thanks again Charlie, its mainly river flats and a few low areas that just look like they need some air. No rocks in any of the soil.

Albert

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