For those of you who have used the cow carpet/geotextiles, could you tell me how many layers you used, what base you used on top and if you put a top layer on top of that. I have a 100' x 200' area that I would like to mud proof before the rain really starts.
Also, where did you purchase your cloth? I am in Oregon and would love to find a local company.
I scraped the dirt out about 5-6" deep. I put down a single layer of the geotextile, overlapping the edges about 1 1/2-2". All around the outer edge I used a lawn edger and carefully tucked the edges into the ground. Then the area was filled with limestone screenings.
After about 4 years I had to put in some new limestone because a bunch had washed or worn away and I'll be due again next year (2 years since I added to the area). But the geotextile is still doing what it was put there to do - the area is completely stable. This was done in a gate area and extended to where the water trough is and about 60' into the paddock. I also did a path to that field.
Sorry but you're on your own for a local source.
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I did an area about 50 x 70 and I'm in your region, so my experience might be useful.
Please use the heavy duty stuff! Landscaping cloth won't cut it. I bought mine through a company in Vancouver, WA who makes it: CSI Geosynthetics & Erosion Control, 360-699-1426. Easy to find, I picked mine up at their warehouse.
Tell them what you are using it for, and they'll recommend which kind/strength to use. I used one layer. One roll (about $290, four years ago) did my whole area.
I did not scrape away the soil, but my paddock slopes slightly, so it drains well. I simply rolled it out on a nice summer day, overlapped the edges and had 6 inches of screenings poured over it. You could do a layer of 3/4 minus then add screenings or pea gravel over it. I dislike pea gravel as it NEVER packs, ever. You MUST clean the manure off the paddock, as it will clog the cloth, and limit its permeability.
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