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How do I smoothout a horse field to make it mowable?

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by kb9nvh, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 591

    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???

    Todd Snyder
  2. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,457

    Cat skid steer with a Harley rake on the front end.
  3. newtostone

    newtostone LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 681

    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.
  4. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 591

    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

  6. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    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.
  7. kb9nvh

    kb9nvh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 591

    top dress...Is that just using a blade then?

  8. RD 12

    RD 12 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 85

    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.
  9. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,834

    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,
  10. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    You could also use a landscaping rake, bit more time consuming.

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