The Grass is Always Greener
When We Plan for Healthy Growth
Spring plans are underway at Elephant Refuge North America (ERNA) which means planning for lush grass—a vital part of our elephants’ diet spring, summer, and fall. Many of our supporters are steeped in snow this month with warmer temperatures a distant thought. However, at the Refuge, spring is just around the corner so the time to plan (and purchase) is now for healthy soil and grass come March and April.
We need to buy fertilizer and lime for 50 acres of pastures and hay meadows at a cost of $250 per acre for a total of $12,500. This will provide a year’s worth of quality green grass.
Good yields of all forages are more attainable when proper levels of lime and fertilizer are applied to pastures and hay meadows. In addition to increasing soil pH, lime supplies calcium and magnesium (dolomitic limestone), both essential nutrients for plant growth. Without fertilizers, nature struggles to replenish the nutrients in the soil.
Tarra and Bo spend 20 hours a day consuming tasty grass during the growing season which comes on strong in March and continues into late November. Will you help us purchase this year’s vital fertilizer and lime to give them fields full of rich, healthy grass? Any amount is greatly appreciated.