Beat the Weeds! Sacrifice Lots Need to Be Reseeded Too!

Sacrifice lots can be seeded to annuals for quick growth and cover or seeded into perennials if the sacrifice lot can be rotated each year.
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Updated: August 8, 2017

Beat the Weeds! Sacrifice Lots Need to Be Reseeded Too!

Among the myriad of things that need to be attended to in the spring are new plantings and among them are seeding winter loafing areas in pastures and sacrifice lots. It's a best management practice to keep sacrifice lots covered to prevent nutrient leaching and soil erosion, but more important, it's a great opportunity to get ahead of weeds and get some renovation done.

Advantages include:

  • The soil is available for lime incorporation. Lime can be easily mixed in the soil profile. This ideally should be done based on a soil test. In an area with manure deposition, there can be great nutrient variability from sample to sample, so take as many core samples as possible (15-20) to root depth, usually 6-8 inches.
  • Sacrifice lots can be seeded to annuals for quick growth and cover or seeded into perennials if the sacrifice lot can be rotated each year.
  • It's important to ensure a good seedbed, as often in sacrifice lots there may be very uneven ground from compacted areas from congregating animals or patches that have a thick layer of mulch from hay bale feeding areas. Make sure the dill can place the seed at the correct depth, usually 0.25 inch maximum. An advantage is there is usually not much competition from other plants in these areas.

Before it gets too late, seed your sacrifice areas to beat the weeds!


Photo 1: Newly Seeded Sacrifice Lot


Photo 2: Winter loafing areas can be seeded now to avoid weeds