Damned Cows!

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by wormrancher, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. wormrancher

    wormrancher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I need some advice... I once had a beautiful lawn, about 4 acres of nicely manicured lawn. Just last night, after 2 days of rain, about 35 of the neighbors cattle got loose and trampled the soggy lawn. The grass is intact, but now I have thousands of holes in the ground. Does anyone have a good idea how to get the lawn back? I hate to till and reseed due to the size and the fact that the grass is still healty, just looking for advice on repairing the divits.-Thanks
  2. Frank Fescue

    Frank Fescue LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 713

    Have the neighbor pay. If a neighbor of mine had their pet get loose and rip my lawn to shreds it'd be on them.
  3. wormrancher

    wormrancher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Pay to do "what" is what I'm asking... Didn't know if rolling was an option or just waiting until it dries and skimming new topsoil on to fill holes.
  4. VO Landscape Design

    VO Landscape Design LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Mt. Pleasant Ia.
    Messages: 365

    When I was doing my internship this spring we had to fill "cow holes". they used half sand and half topsoil, filled the holes, seeded. I haven't seen the results and it took sometime to fill all the holes. About half of the yard/hill was going to be tilled and reseeded but it didn't have much grass to begin with.
  5. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    I'd have my freezer full of steak and hamburger !!
  6. wormrancher

    wormrancher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I have a freezer full of beef already. The rancher/farmer happens to be a friend, and just gave us a 1/4 steer the day before this happened, so I don't really want to stick it to him on this. Just trying to figure a resolution.
  7. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    sounds like ya might be filling them holes yourself uless ya dont want anymore free beef
  8. RAlmaroad

    RAlmaroad LawnSite Silver Member
    from SC
    Messages: 2,245

    I'll have to guess as to when your grass will go dormant but when it does: Dump some course (Not that playground stuff from Lowes) over the holes. Not big huge piles, but what ever a couple of shovels will spread around. Then if you have a small blade for a tractor; turn it around to smooth out the piles into the holes. The grass will come up through the sand. A little cow manure with compost over all of this will just aid the growth and conceal the sand. As said, do when the grass is dormant and the ground is dry.
    There was a tree trimming truck that went over one of my yards in SC and this is how I repaired it. Today you cannot tell where the ruts were. Course sand will be available at a landscape provider.
    When I was just a boy we had cattle and they would tear down fences. Sometimes they just get bored or spooked--it's their nature. Your neighbor wasn't the cause and I'm sure that he hated the whole thing. Do the right thing by him, fill in the holes and let him pay for the sand. A good neighbor is worth more than one bad night from his cattle. We always mended the broken fences for our neighbors without even being asked.
    With everyone hating each other in this old world, sometimes a moment of forgiveness will do more than than a lifetime of hate and bitterness.
    Hey I'm old; but have many friends.
    Just do the right thing and don't hate the cows. At least they didn't have shoes that would have torn big divots in your turf like horses.
  9. wormrancher

    wormrancher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks for the reply, that was just the answer I was looking for. It was an accident, and certainly not worth ruining a friendship over. I'll see if I can find some coarse sand and give your suggestion a try.
  10. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    What's your soil type? If it's sandy at all the hoof holes will likely repair themselves over time. i've had cows get loose in a neghiborhood I mow in and left some doosey holes in some lawns. Believe it or not, over time the soil went back to where it was originally and the holes were gone. The time frame this happened in wasn't tracked, but it wasn't all that long...

    It's amazing what dirt does, it's not as "solid" as most people believe.

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