Caring for your paddock

As responsible owners of rural properties, we understand the joys and responsibilities that come with having a paddock.

Posted: July 10, 2023

Caring for your paddock

Whether you use it for grazing livestock, homing and exercising horses, or simply as a peaceful and rustic addition to your land, your paddock requires regular care to ensure it remains a lush and healthy haven. There’s the added factor that you’re helping to look after a little corner of British countryside too.

At David Burr estate agents, serving Suffolk and beyond, we value the beauty of the countryside and are delighted to share some essential tips on caring for your paddock. A paddock can add to the property’s value, but for this it needs to be in top-notch condition.


A sturdy and well-maintained fence is essential to protect your paddock’s boundaries and ensure the safety of your animals. It also prevents trespass.

Regularly inspect the perimeter, looking for loose posts, broken wires, or any signs of wear and tear. Address these issues promptly to prevent any unwelcome surprises and potential escapes.

Pasture management

A thriving paddock starts with healthy soil and lush grass. Regularly monitor the condition of your pasture and address any signs of overgrazing or compaction. If your paddock is home to grazing animals then rotate grazing areas to prevent overuse, and consider mowing periodically to keep the grass at an optimal height for your animals. It’s also worth conducting soil tests to determine if any fertilisation or reseeding is necessary to maintain its fertility.

Weed control

Weeds are the unwelcome guests that can quickly overtake unchecked paddocks. Regularly inspect the area for any signs of invasive plants, such as thistles or nettles, and promptly remove them. For larger infestations, seek professional advice that tame the weeds while keeping animals and the environment safe from harm.

Water supply

Providing a reliable water source is crucial for your animals’ well-being. Regularly check your water troughs for cleanliness and ensure they are free from debris and algae build-up. Even if you don’t keep animals in the paddock, a water supply is essential for dry summer months.


Paddocks with good condition animal shelters are more attractive to potential buyers than disused buildings that require TLC. Whether it’s a simple field shelter or a dedicated larger structure, ensure it is structurally sound and well-maintained. Regularly inspect the roof, walls, and flooring, and repair any damage promptly.

Regular inspections

A proactive approach to paddock care is key to maintaining its health and beauty. It makes life easier in the long run and tends to mean lower maintenance costs. Schedule regular inspections to identify and address any issues before they become larger problems. Pay attention to signs of erosion, drainage problems, or pest infestations. Early intervention can save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Consulting experts

When it comes to paddock care, seeking expert advice can make a world of difference. Don’t hesitate to reach out to local agricultural consultants, veterinarians, or knowledgeable farming neighbours who can offer valuable guidance depending on what you use your paddock for.

Does a paddock add value to your property?

A well-maintained paddock can add significant value to English properties in rural locations, like Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire. It enhances the overall appeal, provides opportunities for agriculture or equestrian activities, and contributes to the charm and desirability of the property. However, it’s important that the paddock is well-maintained.

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property with a paddock, then do get in touch. As expert knowledgeable estate agents for rural properties, we’re always happy to help. Contact your local David Burr office.