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JonBailey64
Veteran Contributor

The human invention gravel: I hate mud. Many farmer's wives hate it on the farmhouse floor too.

Have any American farmers used gravel to cover the grounds of the barnyard areas to control mud and keep things tidy?

 

It could be packed down firmly with a roller and spread out smoothly and graded with a blade on a tractor.

 

A small dump truck and a tractor with a bucket loader would be quite handy for this type of farm or ranch landscaping management.

 

 

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Jim Meade / Iowa City
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Re: The human invention gravel: I hate mud. Many farmer's wives hate it on the farmhouse floor too.

Gravel is often used in farm lanes.  First you put down some 3-4" ballast and then you put 1 inch unwashed roadstone on top.  Or, you can put geotextile cloth down and the 1" on top.

 

Gravel in livestock facilities can be hard on animal feet.  If mud is that much of an issue most farrmers put down concrete.

 

Geotextile fiber alone can help keep cows from turning a lane into a quagmire, but it won't stop it being muddy.

 

You'll track in a house with gravel, too.  All that lime dust is hard to clean up as well as mud is.

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