Until last winter we had been using the same muck heap for several years. Unsurprisingly it had grown rather large and needed sorting out but luckily, as we hadn’t used it all winter, it was well rotted down and disposing of it wouldn’t be an issue. Less good was the fact that it had also got very overgrown with docks and nettles which all needed removing before we could do anything else.
Over the course of a week we loaded the whole thing into our little trailer and carted it out to the field where we dumped each load in a pile.
The piles were then spread out as much as we could by hand (and foot!).
Finally the field was topped to get rid of the docks and also harrowed.
The field is now looking beautiful and all ready for schooling the ponies. I am so pleased with it!
The grass has definitely been growing recently! It really became noticeable whilst the ponies were away just because there was nothing eating it. Now they are back it has been getting back under control, although we have obviously had to keep an eye on their waistlines.
However, we get quite a lot of docks in the field which the ponies do not eat and which can make it difficult to school as we have to weave between the plants. The rain lately made it impossible to get a tractor in to cut them but we have had enough of a dry spell to get the field topped this week. It has made a huge difference and the field is now looking beautiful.
I didn’t get any pictures of the actual topping as we were busy introducing the puppy to the noise of the tractor. She kept an eye on it but was really much more interested in playing with a flowerpot!