18 Wheeler vs Lawn. Help Needed.

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by PaulMoody, Jan 5, 2012.

  1. PaulMoody

    PaulMoody LawnSite Member
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    One of my commercial accounts had a 18 wheeler from the business next door drive across the soft lawn. It was night and the driver thought it was a gravel turn out. It's a mess to say the least. The trucking company says they will pay for the repair and I have to submit a bid asap.

    Overall area is 13 feet wide x 130 feet long. Ruts are 2-8" deep.

    Any input on approach, man hours or price is appreciated. I'm considering renting a ride on roller and seeing how much it will level this out. Then aerate, then fill remaining ruts, then seed or hydro seed or sod.



  2. PaulMoody

    PaulMoody LawnSite Member
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    ...Or maybe this is simply a complete rotor till and sod job?
  3. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Posts: 411

    I would take a sod cutter to all the ruts and sod. the back part maybe take a tractor and scrape off the grass and resod. don't know good luck. looks like a great job to try out this sod cuter

  4. BrendonTW

    BrendonTW LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Oklahoma City
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    Good gosh how far do you have to drive on grass before you realize that it is not paved??

    Depending on the type of grass and blend ability of that sod compared to the seed or sod you can buy, I would just bring soil in and fill in the ruts, compact it well, and then just seed/sod it. That total process would take 3 of yay guys about 3-4 hours on the jobsite with a wheelbarrow and soil delivered right there on the pavement.

    If your afraid that it won't be perfectly uniform, till it, compact it, and re sod or seed it.
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  5. Ticolawnllc

    Ticolawnllc LawnSite Senior Member
    from Wall NJ
    Posts: 411

    maybe a boxblade, topsoil the low, seed all, plug compacted area. With out being there thats the best i got
  6. whosedog

    whosedog LawnSite Senior Member
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    It's always worse when the ground freezes then thaws;trucks sink in much deeper than they would other times of the year.I have a lumberyard down the street from me (18 wheelers are always jumping the curb by my corner when they swing wide)and always notice those ruts are more pronounced after a thaw.I just fill in with topsoil,compact it then seed;no point in seeding now though;I wait till springtime cause the seed will be wasted this time of year.
  7. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
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    Two options, for a minimal mess, you could haul in some top soil, fill the ruts and pack the new soil in there good and seed. Or you could do as suggested and till the area, re work the ground and sod or seed it. I'd probably just till off a nice squared area, level it out and compact it nice and sod the area, make it look real nice with squared edges, and it'd pay better than just filling in the ruts. It's all how much they want to spend though....
  8. tyler_mott85

    tyler_mott85 LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you're renting any equipment rent a skid-loader and pull all those ruts up from below. simply rolling will make so much compaction the turf would probably never look right again.
    Typically lawn areas that look as well as that around here are irrigated. Is there an irrigation system? Maybe they're not common in the NW like they are here in the plains. May have potential broken lines, valves, or heads. If it is irrigated you'll want to start up the system and check for broken stuff before you submit your bid. Have a utility company come out and see if there are any lines in the area. I've seen cable companies put cables under sod before the sod is installed and it gets cut during simple aeration. 80,000 lbs of truck can surely do some damage.

    After you pull up the ruts I'd just bring in new dirt and spread it out. That soil there is so compacted and messed up, plus it's winter, taking the time to till that out would be ridiculous and labor intensive.

    by multiplying the dimensions you've given you need approx 30 cu yds of topsoil. Add extra for compaction.

    Ask your soil company to have the truck there to load it up.

    They bring new soil after you've gotten old out. You load up truck with old soil...they drive off. You spread out new soil. Put down erosion control matting since it's still winter and seed in spring.

    Then you can upsell the customer to put markers or railroad ties along the edge of the drive!

    Wordy, I know. Sorry. It's a Friday. Watcha gunna do? :)

    Good luck!
  9. PlantscapeSolutions

    PlantscapeSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
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    I would water the hell out of it and make it soft. Then you can use a tamper to pound down the high areas. Bring in some slightly amended soil for the low spots that will make the areas recover more quickly. Your up north so I'm guessing it's Rye, Fescue, or something similar that you can get a bunch of from seed for cheap. Seed the hell out of it and cover it with a fine layer of mulch or straw to keep in moisture and help germination.

    The insurance company is going to pay so bid the hell out of it. You should be able to make an easy grand or more.

    You can see it's an industrial areas so it doesn't need to be perfect like it would if it were a residential.
  10. plantations lawn & garden

    plantations lawn & garden LawnSite Member
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    cheapest way out is fill ruts with mix soil compost mix and seed it wont be as quick as sod but you pocket more but charge less.
    insurence covers that?

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