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how do i turn marsh land into a paintball field not really marsh, farm land, muddy and wet Rate Topic: -----

#1 User is offline   andrew1987 

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Posted 29 November 2008 - 03:52 PM

i am seriously considering making a commercial field but one of my biggest concerns is that the farm land i am planing on using will turn to mud after a few days rain + people in heavy boots and gear trampling it.

its at sea level so i really don't know what to do, its dry enough during summer but i don't know what it would be like after 125 people try playing paint ball on it

so what can i do, the location is great because its 5 min out side of the city, 100 feet from a buss loop and 90 acres and best of all, its my family's land

so how do i reinforce the land to make it durable, sand? gravel? sand wood and dirt??? is it even possible?
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:56 PM

anyone?

anyone here a geologist? or soil scientist?
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:58 PM

just play there. i think it would be fun to play in a marsh.
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 06:59 PM

For the paths, try walking around on them before you go building your course. Like do a test. Try making a small path, walk it many times and see if it makes puddles. Then if it does, then try using stones or gravel and sand.
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 07:15 PM

use hay to suck up the wetness. That is, if you could get it. Or dig up run offs.
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 11:47 PM

View PostReaper1101, on Nov 29 2008, 08:15 PM, said:

use hay to suck up the wetness. That is, if you could get it. Or dig up run offs.



we have lots of hay, what happens when you dig up a run off?

whats a run off?
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Posted 29 November 2008 - 11:53 PM

Drainage tiles will cost thousands to do. I would suggest talking to a seed supplier. There's different grasses you can plant for wetter lands and heavy traffic.


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Posted 30 November 2008 - 01:16 AM

Some simply ways to prevent the mud is to first put down a nice thick layer of grass (wildlife long grass works very well if you don't mind playing in tall grass). Next you need to plant a decent amount of trees, because the trees will help to absorb more water and will also reinforce the root layer and prevent the land from eroding everytime it rans. Another option although spendy, is to lay drainage tile in the low areas of the field, since the water is already naturally draining there, you need a way to dry that area and prevent it from flooding.

That a pretty bare bones description of help. If you're looking for professional help, I would personally call up a local landscaping firm and talk to them about different ways to go about it.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 02:41 AM

Land drains are one option.One central channel running the whole length of the field with 'feeders' running herring bone style into it.At the end of the central channel you may need a soakaway,a big hole with a suitable substrate,i.e rubble of various size.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:01 AM

...how about a pair of these for every player...

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 10:20 AM

Look into planting some Weeping Willows. They have the ability to absorb standing water. Plant near trouble spots where water stands in puddles, and watch them disappear. They also grow up to 8' per year.
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 03:30 PM

Basically what everyone else has been saying. Use hay and/or sand to help absorb it. I'd prefer sand over hay just because of personal preference. Plant a couple of trees, like what others said, the roots will help a lot, and they'll absorb some of the water. I'd keep one area untouched for super slick superman slides!

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:36 PM

where do i get seeds for a Weeping Willow?
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Posted 30 November 2008 - 05:51 PM

Man I never thought I would ever hear a complaint like having to much water on a paintball field. Guess thats because I live in west Texas, dang rain shadow.
Weeping Willow here.

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Posted 30 November 2008 - 06:00 PM

View Postandrew1987, on Nov 30 2008, 07:36 PM, said:

where do i get seeds for a Weeping Willow?

I can start some sapling for you if you'd like. Or I could tell you how to do it, it be a lot quicker than going from seed.
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