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This is achieved by shaping the concrete so
that water is directed into the grate.
To mix concrete add one part cement, two
parts sand and three part stone and add water
gradually to make a stiff mix. Be careful of
adding too much water.
Finally, the trench was filled by pushing the
soil back with the backhoe.
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4. Seal off the high end of the grating with an
5. Install the top of the grating at least 20mm
lower than the existing concrete.
6. Use a level to ensure there is a fall.
7. An adjustable hole saw will make a perfect
size hole to connect the PVC pipe.
2. Clip lengths of grating together.
3. Cut one length to suit.
Compact Mulchers for
PTO and Hydraulic Drive
M450 PTO Mulcher
CEM36 Hydraulic Mulcher
Level, aerate, work in manure, broadcast seed.
How do you sow perfect pastures?
Use Pasture Management with
and seeder without
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One fast pass to maximise production. Levels, harrows, seeds and rolls giving
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Pastures usually provide the
only income for graziers and
dairy farmers etc.
Without pastures there is no
meat, milk, or wool. Often grazing
paddocks contain more weeds
than productive pasture species.
This is understandable, because
it is difficult to establish good
pasture. Pasture seed is often
broadcast with a spinner type
These types of spreaders can
not spread fertiliser evenly, so
how can they sow pasture seed
mixes with seeds of different
sizes, density and specific gravity
Then there are sod seeders and
disc seeders of various makes
and types. These machines have
been designed to sow cereal
grains in rows. Modifications have
been made to supposedly make
them suitable to sow pasture.
They are really not adequate
because the seed is sown in rows
and often buried too deep.
The natural way for pasture
seed to germinate is on the
surface, in contact with the
soil, so why bury the seed? If
you bury the seed this is exactly
what happens -- it stays buried
and dies. Then of course sowing
in lines or rows doesn't make any
sense either. If the seed does
germinate, the empty spaces
between the rows will allow
weeds to grow with obvious loss
of production. Apart from the time
and effort required to sow
pasture, the cost of quality
pasture seed needed for a total
re-seeding is in the vicinity of
$200 to $250 per hectare in high
rainfall and irrigation areas.
With this kind of expense and
loss of production over long
periods of time, why would
anyone use inadequate
implements for sowing pasture?
The best way to establish
pasture is by placing the seed
in contact with the soil evenly
spaced over the whole area as
opposed to rows. When
germination occurs, a blanket
cover of new pasture seedlings
will ensure fast total
establishment of new pasture.
This will help to suppress the
weeds and bring the pasture into
full production much earlier.
Achieving this has a significant
economic benefit. The best
machine by far for this task is the
This machine is designed for
sowing pastures into either
worked ground or more
importantly into existing
pastures, either to just
rejuvenate or totally re-sow
without the need to cultivate, at
speeds of up to 15km/h using
only low horsepower.
These machines are extremely
cost effective and can be supplied
in various widths and fitted with
either mechanical or pneumatic
No one has a perfect mix of
good quality pasture over the
whole farm so every farm has
scope to improve their pasture
and therefore their productivity.
With the VERTIKATOR this task
has never been more accurate,
faster or easier.
Establishing and maintaining
with Hatzenbichler -- Vertikator
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