North Erath County, Texas, Lat 32.43 N, Long -98.36 W, elev. 1,086 ft. Turkey Creek Quad.
Early this spring I planted a variety of native grasses in Pecan Tree and Poprock Hill Pastures. Some sprouts have come up and the native wild flower mix I integrated into the seed broadcast has yielded flowers. I have committed to minimum impact farming and stock-tending on the land. One principle is to allow native prairie grasses to flourish and reseed areas that are sparse. A second principle is to manually work the land, where possible, such as using the garden hoe, grubbing hoe, shovel and pick rather than machinery–minimum use of the tractor.
To work manually, I hoed six acres, cutting Bull Nettle with a garden hoe. Approximately 300 nettle scooped out.
I still have some nettle to remove, but two-thirds has been eradicated by the hoe–no herbicides used. If I had used the recommended herbicides, I would have had to keep livestock off the pasture for several weeks plus purchase the herbicides and spray tank. As it was, when I hoed, I discovered areas in the 35 acre pasture that could use a disc plow to aerate and some natural fertilizer for enriching the soil. If I had not been close to the ground with my hoe, I would not have seen the land profoundly.