Frequently Asked Questions
What is the benefit of applying Suregrow in the autumn?
Applying Suregrow in late season will ensure a thicker sward over the winter months, resulting in less damage from poaching.
What is the best method of applying Suregrow and CSM?
For large areas ideally we would recommend applying with a tractor and fertiliser spreader, if you haven't got machinery speak to a friendly farmer!! For smaller areas or if you don't have access to agricultural machinery, Suregrow/CSM can be applied by hand.
What type of spreader would you recommend?
We would recommend a tow ball drawn spreader or a 3 point linkage type (although the 3 point linkage type spreaders can only be used with a tractor). The tow ball types can fit onto any vehicle with a tow bar (Gator types, sit on lawn mower, quad bikes, car etc.). The hand push types are hard work and can give an uneven spread pattern on rutted ground.
If you're interested in purchasing a spreader to apply Suregrow Fertiliser or CSM we recommend the following brands.
'Logic' - http://www.logictoday.co.uk/
Logic Manufacturing Ltd has been producing top quality equipment for farming, gamekeeping and forestry for many years and since the early 90's has worked closely with the equestrian industry to provide a range of specialist products to help carry out essential tasks quickly and efficiently.
Logic has worked with Suregrow Fertiliser to flow rate and tray test the Suregrow products through their Electro-Broadcaster range, to provide a full set of calibration rates for all of the products. The Suregrow Fertiliser and CSM will comfortably spread and tray test accurately to 12m spread width from an Electro-Broadcaster mounted on an ATV. Logic already have calibration rates for grass seeds and wild flower meadow mix's so this simple cost effective spreader can cover the complete product range well.
The range includes mounted as well as ground driven models, all of which are easy to operate and can be fitted to or towed by any suitable vehicle.
Agri Fab - http://www.agri-fab.com/
Fleming - https://www.fleming-agri.co.uk/home
How is Suregrow different from agricultural fertilisers?
Suregrow is specifically designed for horse and pony paddocks. Traditional agricultural fertilisers will cause the grass to grow very quickly, resulting in rich, lush pastures, not ideal for horses due to the risk of nutritional disorders. Suregrow is a slow release fertiliser which will steadily release nutrients over a three month period, ensuring a steady growth to thicken the sward.
Unlike agricultural fertiliser, Suregrow is made with a cereal based carrier, ensuring it is safe to use in horse paddocks.
I have half a bag of Suregrow/CSM left from last year, will it still be ok to use now?
Yes, as long as the bag has been stored under cover away from moisture the fertiliser will be fine to use this year. There is no shelf life on Suregrow/CSM.
Why is potash not included in Suregrow?
For grazing grass potash is not required. Potash will only be required when using the field for hay/haylage to replace the nutrients lost.
How long should I keep my horses off the field once I have applied Suregrow/CSM?
Horses can be immediately turned out after the application. The formulation of both products ensures they are safe for horses to graze, providing there is 50mm (2ins) of grass.
Is Suregrow/CSM suitable for fields grazed by other animals?
Yes, Suregrow/CSM can be safely applied to fields grazed by other livestock
How long after applying Suregrow should I see a difference in my grass?
This will depend on your grass and rain fall at the time of spreading, but you should see a difference in 3 to 4 weeks after application. Don't forget Suregrow is a slow release product.
I'm looking to apply Suregrow/CSM to my field but rain isn't forecast, should I still apply?
Yes, ideally rain is required to help Suregrow/CSM dissolve into the roots system but unfortunately we can't change the weather. However if rain isn't forecast this will not be a problem, a heavy dew will help the pellets to dissolve or failing that the pellets can safely remain on the surface until it rains. Suregrow/CSM is better on the field than missing when the rain does come.
Where can I buy your products?
Our products are available from numerous stockists. To find out if there is one near you please see the stockist section of our website. If we don't currently have a stockist near you, you may order from our website.
Can I apply Suregrow to my hay fields?
Yes, Suregrow can be applied to hay fields, in this instance we would recommend using 6 bags per acre but potash should also be applied.
Will Suregrow/CSM help to control buttercups?
Both products will help thicken the sward which will restrict some weed growth. Buttercups are not easily eradicated and in heavy infestations spraying givers the best results.
Will Suregrow /CSM help to control clover?
Both products will help thicken the sward so the clover will have to compete with the grass. Clover does not like nitrogen so the nitrogen in Suregrow will help restrict clover growth.
I have ragwort in my paddock will Suregrow/CSM kill it?
Suregrow/CSM will not control ragwort. The only effective way is to either dig it out and burn it or use a chemical spray.
Should I use both Suregrow and CSM?
For the best results in grass quality and sward density use both products. They complement each other but can be used separately.
Can Suregrow and CSM be spread at the same time?
They can be applied on the same day but will have to be applied separately due to their different densities.
Finally, as horses have evolved to graze, it's important that you make the most of your grassland so you can encourage your horses natural behaviour. Equine Gastric Ulcers are becoming an increasingly common problem so we have created a handy fact sheet to help answer some of the questions you may have, as well as explaining how important turnout is to help in your quest to avoid ulcers.