I manage a small boarding facility (10 horses) which is situated on 5 acres. Space is fairly limited due to terrain and buildings, so the horses spend the majority of their time in mud-free gravel paddocks and runs. We do have a small grassy paddock where owners can allow their horse to graze while supervised.
This grassy paddock has been largely neglected (I have only recently started managing the facility). As a result, it is more moss than it is grass. I would appreciate any help or advice that you can offer in trying to renovate this grassy paddock so that it becomes as high-yield as possible, since the horses spend only a limited amount of time on it.
I need to try to get rid of the moss that is choking out our grass. How should I do this? Should I use a moss-killing product like this: http://www.homedepot.com/p/Lilly-Mil...110/100138813#. I would of course plan to keep the horses off of the treated area for at least 2 months, probably longer given that whatever new grass I plant will need a fair amount of time to establish itself.
This is what I'm thinking of doing:
1: Apply moss-killing product
2: Spread lime (I spoke to a county conservation professional and she told me that she hasn't ever seen a property in our area that didn't need annual liming to create more ideal soil conditions for grass.)
3: Spread grass seed, covered by a thin layer of fully composted horse manure.
4: Continuing care: regular liming and thin layers of compost.