Q34. I have native pasture with some introduced species. I am looking for what should be going on in the soil to produce healthy grasses.

Answer: Answer: Natives grasses have adapted to a nutritional deficient soil compared with
that required for cropping plants. Have a soil biology test carried out to see if there are
deficiencies in the soil food web. Then use fungal dominated composts and compost teas
to stimulate growth at the appropriate time of the year. Do not add chemicals or any
remediation in large amounts as the plants would not be able to deal with the high input
of nutrition. It is always better to apply regular amounts of required elements though good
compost or compost teas when it is needed such as before flowering. Introduced species
require more nutrition than native species but well-balanced soil microbiology will adapt to
accommodate all plant species in the pasture.

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