what to do...
We are just waiting on an inspection (condition of sale) and fingers cross there isn't anything major with house and out buildings, then we are farm owners.
My question to the collective is what to do with the old, left in field, partly rotted hay? there is maybe 30 large round bales that are toast.
In my life I haven't come across something like that, where I'm from it gets stored and fed out, nothing is wasted. It is two large piles, looks like at one point they may have though of burning it but now.......it seams it could be a big pile of head ache.
Thoughts? Ideas? Experiences?
You could always handpick it? Sort the good from the bad if it isn't too far gone. Stuff like that is sold as cow hay for half the price, basically something for cows to chew on over winter to keep them from starving to death.
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it's beyond cattle feed, by my standards. Not to shoot you down but, I don't really have time (or equipment right now) to pick though 30 large bales stacked in a "fire" position to see what could be good.
They are in a pretty rough shape, falling apart etc etc.
Fill low lying areas with it, pile it around your house to get water to run away. Build a garden and use it as mulch. There's a ton of stuff you can do with it.
I don't know what the statutes or laws are around there, but here I would burn it.
Roll it into a ditch, roll it to the end of the pasture or against the tree line.
They eventually will biodegrade.
Sadly burning wouldn't work too well, it will just smolder for weeks on end. it is that far gone. rolling wouldn't work either due to the "shape" of the bales, I dare say they have been there for 3-4 years.
The property doesn't have any low areas we need/ want to fill in and the garden will only be so big.
Has anyone every covered this crap with top soil? did it settle ok over time?
Rent a bobcat and push them. You need to separate them they will degrade faster thar way.
Probably too late if you're already on the inspection, but you could have put removal of the hay bales as one of the conditions of sale during the bidding process. That's what DH and I ended up doing for an old, defunct hot tub that was in the backyard of the house we bought, and we're very glad we did because it was a PITA for the owner to get out as it was put in before the fence. He would have had to rent a crane to get it out intact, but since it had no resale value, he ended up chopping it up and taking it out in pieces.
Assuming you're too far to use that option, you'll need to spread it apart somewhere out of the way to decompose. Or you might try putting an ad up on Craigslist- people will show up to take anything if it's free :-P
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