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    Hey! On-da-trail.......

    Just wonderin' if putting hey (grass seed) on the trail is good to minimze errosion and soil damage inflicted by riding. I have a problem spot that is close to a stream and impact seems to be higher with all this moisture. I'm thinking of laying the hay in the trail as a "quick-n-easy" solution till I can arrange for a better method. What are your thoughts and experiences in this matter?
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    As a temp solution it may work.

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    Are you asking about actual grass seed or just straw? Seed would never hold if it was still open to ride. Also by the time it does germinate we will hopefully be in some warmer drier weather. But if you absolutely have to use some seed go for the annual rye. Fast germination in colder conditions. For straw I am speaking only from landscaping experience and its use to cover areas with concern for erosion. We cover bare ground to not only to slow the speed of surface water but also to trap moisture by shading it from wind and the sun so seeds have a better chance of survival. Straw can and will be cut into the surface soil by continued riding. This added soil amendment would cause the clay, put in simple terms, to be more "fluffy" which can cause the soil to move easier as a result of rain. Neither would be a fix you would be happy with. Save your money and just try to minimize the treads use until it dries out and you can properly fix the problem.

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    Well, after a week and a bunch of laps the hay has been a good "fix"............. Seems like a cheap and easy way to "patch" a sick trail.
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    Had to tell from the pic but it kinda looms like the problem might be the "sunken" trail tread and the berm on the outside edge.

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