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Author:  3nutmeg [ Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:53 am ]
Post subject:  A lot of mud.

Just rented this place during the summer when there wasn't much rain. We've been getting a lot of rain lately. We have a few spots that are chronically muddy in front of the barn. I've been thinking of adding old hay and straw to stabalize the ground (so we can walk on it instead of sinking) and then tamp it before it freezes. Does anyone have any suggestions? How have you dealt with mud?

Author:  madelyn [ Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:25 am ]
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We use gravel. Hay/straw will rot and turn to brown mush and make it worse.

Author:  Cree [ Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:11 pm ]
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we use gravel at our barn, also I've seen sand.
You might also want to dig up a trench and put in a drainage pipe.

Author:  3nutmeg [ Thu Dec 13, 2012 10:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Thanks for insight.

Thanks, I just needed a temporary fix so I didn't sink past my ankles and loose a boot. In Spring we'll try to fix it. The ground will freeze soon.

Author:  Lisann [ Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:25 am ]
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We've had success with dumping dirty sawdust from stalls in the muddy areas, too.

Author:  xfactor fan [ Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:10 pm ]
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Any way to fix the water problem? Diverting a gutter or something?

Author:  madelyn [ Tue Dec 18, 2012 11:15 am ]
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Dig a French drain (well it is what Kentuckians around me call a French drain).

First you have to determine the most significant source point for the water (ie the bottom of a hill) and you dig a 2 ft deep trench across that source. Line the trench with gravel, and lay perforated sewer pipe, holes UP, along the trench with the ends of the pipe pointing downhill to where you want the water diverted. Cover the whole thing with gravel. Move the leftover dirt to somewhere else where you want that, like stall floors. Problem solved.

It's a one day job if you have the materials and a ditch witch, which can be rented.

Author:  3nutmeg [ Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Thanks for the ideas.

It's supposed to be snowing and freezing by now, instead it's been raining for 2 days. Climate Change anyone? Last year we bought a new snow blower and used it maybe 4 times. Great ideas. We will probably do the French drain in the Spring. Now it's mud soup. I've already lost one boot to the mud. LOL.

Author:  madelyn [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 8:50 am ]
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We had a snow blade for the tractor... used it twice in four years. Sold that. We just use the front end loader if we need to move snow, which we really never get.. the problem with most boots made for mud is that they are pull-ons - which pull OFF in the mud :lol:

Author:  valjoe [ Wed Dec 19, 2012 9:26 am ]
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just`flip a board over it :)

Author:  doublete [ Sat Dec 22, 2012 8:02 pm ]
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My muddy areas I scrape with the bucket of the skid loader, and then put down the tree chips that Asplundh will deliver for free. After they get soaked and muddy you might need to put more down after scraping them again. But, if you scrape well and tamp down what you drop for tree chips then it does hold awhile. Much nicer.

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