You never said what you plan to plant for grass. Not knowing anything about Idaho soils and practices I don't know what would be a good mix there. Here I'd go for Timothy and red clover but you might not have the conditions for that.
We have a few horses and for 15 years I hand-spread composted manure. I'd manure fork it into a small trailer pulled behind my JD 420 tractor (garden sized), drive to where I wanted to spread on my lawn, and then just hand fling it - kicking the larger chunks down. I'd then let it dry for a few days and then mow to disperse the clumps.
Eventually as my back and the JD 420 got older I moved to a JD 3320 with a front end loader and a smallish ground-driven manure spreader. I still do the post spread kicking and mowing thing.
Around here most people I know that are trying to reseed use a harrow and then rent a slit-seeder. I have not yet had to do that as we have a gravel-covered "sacrifice area" for wet weather and keep the horses off the paddocks when too wet. We also try to rotate them around two areas. The ground can still take a beating though.
By the way, next time we create a sacrifice area we won't use gravel since it can't really be cleaned using the front end loader (we get gravel in the mix). Next time we are thinking of using those rubber mats with the holes in them.
she believes the main seeds in it are Timothy/Alfalfa/Clover. Thinking of just trying this. There may be better choices, going to ask at the local Co-Op, The girls are the horse experts, so just trying to grow whatever the horses like...
Guess the 3/4 minus will be best used for the driveway.
Many years ago- bought wood shavings /bark for the run outs and feeding area- but I don't want to defeat the purpose of using the manure as fertilizer...unsure on the effect of mixing wood products in the manure??
On the harrow,I do have an ancient 2 section (spike)? harrow with the pointed teeth that look like iron rail road spikes. Tried it years ago on an untouched field ,did nothing but now that the field has been worked by the disc it maybe the last step before seeding ?? Thanks for the post
I did a quick search of the USDA database and found that 2,4-D is a very effective control agent for Dogbane. No mention of Roundup. For my most stubborn broadleaf weeds in my pastures and hay fields I use a combination of low-volital 2,4-D and Dicamba.
It has done well enough that I've only had to spray my fields about once every 3-4 years.
Believe it or not... the best horse pasture mix we've come across is a northern, climate lawn mix. No fescue and heavy on the Kentucky bluegrass. The grass overwinters really well and will grow and regrow all summer-fall.
We keep (I fight with my wife ALL the time on this!) the horses off the pastures when they're real wet and we rotate them about every 3-4 days (have 4 pastures ~ 1/2 acre each). Planted a 5th this past summer and have started on clearing another 1-11/2 acre pasture as well.
Might get a couple head of cows..
Well the last couple days have been sunny, no moisture , so I worked in the part of the field that is treed and just pulled the plow thru the areas that the trees were not closely spaced. Tried not to rip out the root systems of the Pine trees, Once that was opened up , got the disc and worked it over the plowed up parts, and anywhere I could get,
Glad the old Ford does not have a canopy, or it would have been destroyed by the end of the day, as it was- a branch got a hold of my coffee cup and between the disc and loaded 14.8 -28s another cup wiped out.:ashamed:lost count on how many coffee cups have been run over in the last few years...
Today put some extra weight on the disc, and ran it over the manured field - the field was not very wet except in a couple of shaded places, the dirt did not stick to the point of gumming up the disc wheels.
I found the sweet spot on the 3 point top link adjustment,to where both front and rear gang shafts were evenly running above the field, and a good spot for the depth adjustment the front discs are 16" and notched the rear wheels are 18" and smooth. When I took this picture, tractor in 5th gear and a smile ear to ear:cloud9:Attachment 310158 here's where I stopped for the day ,Attachment 310159 still going to look into the soil analysis, if price is not to much