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Old 06-10-2009, 05:50 PM
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How do I smoothout a horse field to make it mowable?

I let my last renters have 3 horses in the back part of my property with the agreement that she would smooth it out after she moves out to get it back to mow-able condition again.

Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to do this? yard-box and small tractor, or just maybe a roller???

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Old 06-10-2009, 06:00 PM
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Cat skid steer with a Harley rake on the front end.
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:05 PM
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Sometimes they will just settle on their own depending on the condition they are in. Best way is to hit it with a harly rake. You don't have to be perfect with it just one pass and a second pass perpendicular to that. And just toss some seed on it. Don't get carried away and treat it like a new lawn install, grass will come right back in there your just trying to smooth it out.

Another way is rent a large roller and wait for a heavy rain and just make a few passes. You don't have to worry about compaction it will be fine.

All this is assuming this is more of a paddock than a lawn.
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Old 06-10-2009, 09:05 PM
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Nice!!! see the video on the ebay add. That is the tool!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Harley-TM7-84-Tr...3%3A1|294%3A50


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Old 06-10-2009, 09:10 PM
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Its always been a rough backyard but mowable...I let the girl put horses there and well, Its a little bit rougher than I anticipated..LOL



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Sometimes they will just settle on their own depending on the condition they are in. Best way is to hit it with a harly rake. You don't have to be perfect with it just one pass and a second pass perpendicular to that. And just toss some seed on it. Don't get carried away and treat it like a new lawn install, grass will come right back in there your just trying to smooth it out.

Another way is rent a large roller and wait for a heavy rain and just make a few passes. You don't have to worry about compaction it will be fine.

All this is assuming this is more of a paddock than a lawn.
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:35 AM
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I have horses and lots of them..... top dress and drag a length of chain link fencing to grade it out that is how we maintain our rideing and dressage rings.
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Old 06-11-2009, 06:17 AM
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top dress...Is that just using a blade then?

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I have horses and lots of them..... top dress and drag a length of chain link fencing to grade it out that is how we maintain our rideing and dressage rings.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:35 AM
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If you have use of a tractor I would disk it up then drag it with a chain link fence or something heavy. I do this to my pastures every year. I'm not talking about a heavy turn over, just a good scratch.
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Old 06-11-2009, 07:46 AM
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top dress...Is that just using a blade then?
No, top dressing is adding additional soil to the uneven areas and dragging a chain link over it to create a more uniform grade to tolerate mowing. This is probably the least expensive way,
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Old 07-06-2009, 12:43 AM
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No, top dressing is adding additional soil to the uneven areas and dragging a chain link over it to create a more uniform grade to tolerate mowing. This is probably the least expensive way,
You could also use a landscaping rake, bit more time consuming.
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