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    Trail covering to keep from getting muddy?

    Hi all.

    Might be a dumb question, but Im just wondering if anyone has put anything down on trails to keep from getting covered in mud when it rains.

    Ive got a few trails through the woods that I need to use no matter the weather, and during Summer and Winter its generally fine. Spring and Fall? Not so much.
    Id thought of mulch or stone, and dont necessarily want stone. Maybe there is some really tough grass that doesnt need a lot of sun? I guess Im just wondering if anyone has done anything similar that actually worked. I saw a video of a guy on youtube chipping branches just for this, so maybe thats the solution.

    Ill be running my 318 and 2025 on them. I know it sounds a bit odd to some to want to do this, but when they get muddy, they pick up quite a bit of gravel and leave mud in the gravel, neither of which does much good, and of course leaves the garage a complete mess.
    So far Ive just dealt with it with the 318 and old 955 I had for a while, but its obviously not ideal. If nothing will work, great, Ill just continue on as is, but if I can get mulch or something to work, I might get a chipper for the new tractor and have something else to do, lol.
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    Mulch or wood chips might work, might also get a little spounge at times. Iíd get the chipper and have fun fixing it yourself.
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    Mulch will rot and turn to mud eventually. If the trails are just getting a ton of leaves on the trail, I suggest a big blower.
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    my vote would be to pave em.
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    Iíd vote for mulch as well. Itíll be about the most economical, natural, replaceable, and effective trail covering you could ask for and will usually be mud free if laid thick enough and replenished from time to time.

    When it does get old and worn out/muddy/rot you can just put more on top or scrape it clean and replace.
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    Thanks guys. I already figured mulch would be the best solution. Probably cheapest in the long run, aside from the cost of the chipper anyway, but then thats an attachment, and we dont factor the cost of those into any work we do with our tractors, right? LOL!
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    My solution is to just stay off them until it dries up. We get serious mud after breakup in the spring but the mud only lasts a couple weeks.

    Without putting a proper base down first you will just loose any gravel you put down if you run on it when itís muddy.

    Just stay off them with the machines and walk for a while.
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    If your main concern is the mud being carried into your clean garage, save the time of mulch application and spend some of those dollars on a reliable pressure washer to keep hooked up ready to go just inside your garage. Then spend a couple of minutes to blast the mud off the tires before you park.

    Thats what I do. Pressure washer is already hooked up to a water hose, and hose to wand is laid out along the wall, so there's no set-up effort like attaching and uncoiling hoses, nothing other than turning on water and pulling the starter rope.
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    Go old school. Corduroy road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    My solution is to just stay off them until it dries up. We get serious mud after breakup in the spring but the mud only lasts a couple weeks.

    Without putting a proper base down first you will just loose any gravel you put down if you run on it when itís muddy.

    Just stay off them with the machines and walk for a while.
    If that were an option, Id do it. And most times Im able to, but its the access to my burn pile, and if a tree goes down across the drive in a storm, Ive got to get it put somewhere, mud or no. Piling it somewhere will be an option once the 2025 shows up though, so it might be easier to stay off with the loader around all the time.

    Then again, a wood chipper sure looks like a pile of fun....and Ive sure got the wood around to keep it fed regular, and it doesnt take much of an excuse to get another attachment, lol!
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