Best way to protect grass from a bobcat?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by ZeroSignal, May 31, 2012.

  1. ZeroSignal

    ZeroSignal LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    I have a new paver patio going down in a couple weeks. What is the best way to protect my lawn that I worked so hard to get to perfection(or closer too) for the last two years? He will be using the wheeled bobcats. I was thinking plywood down when he starts the day and pulling up as soon as he is done in the at the end of the day. If this is the best route to take, should I leave grass tall or cut? Any other tips to help crushed grass (ie: water,rake?)
  2. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    Any decent contractor should be aware of this as well as have a solution. That said I would use plywood and pick it up each night and or be efficient in when I would have to run the equipment.

    I gotta ask why you are doing this and not the contractor ?
  3. ZeroSignal

    ZeroSignal LawnSite Member
    Posts: 38

    He said they would reseed damaged area. I dont want to have to go through that. Also seeding now would be a waste. Not to mention the indents into the lawn. He said if I want to protect then I would have to lay down wood.
  4. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
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    He said you have to do it? We and every other contractor I know of will do it ourselves. Yes it adds to the time and materials costs but we usually figure that into our proposal price. How big is the patio? and how is the access? The reason I ask is that depending on how much he will be driving over it the wood may make little difference to save the ground. We'll use plywood for a quick one day job such as planting a tree or real small patios and walls with little use of the equipment. But on larger jobs they make little sense. For example we are finishing up an install this week in which we had to pull out 35 tons of fill from the back yard to the front. Then had to bring in 55 tons of processed stone, and move 35 tons of pavers and block. The plywood did little to prevent damage to the lawn with all this traffic, all it did was help keep the equipment from sinking when we got rain. But this was also some of the worse sand/clay soil I have ever worked on.
  5. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    This is the only answer besides wood planks.

  6. clydebusa

    clydebusa LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,660

    I guess there is this option to.


  7. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    Treads are easier on turf too.
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Sounds like you went with the lowest bid and are scraping the bottom of the bucket with this "contractor"... doesn't ooze excellence does he??? :laugh:

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