I have recently moved to an 8 acre farm about 30 miles SW of Fort Worth, Texas. The farm recently had a bunch of horses on the property and it looks as if they have completely ruined parts of the soil.
I have a couple of questions that I was hoping the Permies community could assist with as I am looking to permaculture techniques to bring this farm back to health.
1. What type of weeds are in the photos listed below...and should I mow them, keep them, mulch them...or just leave them alone?
2. This bare patch of soil was caused by the horses next to a water trough they would spend time at...how would I go about repairing the soil...should I consider a cover crop and if so, what would work best?