Control muddy runoff by locating your paddock so it is surrounded by 10 to 25 feet of vegetation.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

As you choose the location and size of your confinement area for your horse, keep in mind that at certain times of the year (such as heavy rains or in the winter) there will still be some muddy surface runoff from your paddocks.

You can help to control runoff by locating your paddock so it is surrounded by 10 to 25 feet of lawn, pasture, native plants or even a garden. This area is called a buffer or biofiltration strip. Vegetation in these buffer areas acts as mud managers--a natural filtration system to help slow down runoff and utilize sediments and nutrients. The buffer area will put runoff to good use, keeping potential pollutants from reaching ditches, creeks, ponds or other surface waters -- or from seeping into ground water.

Photo: Alayne Blickle

Where do you have buffer strips on your horse property?

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