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Fixing Tire Ruts?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Husky03, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    I had a call today and a guy wants an estimate for fixing tire ruts in his yard. He lives off of a highway and a car went off of the road. There is around 200ft of tracks in his yard. How do I go about fixing this? Should I just rough up the area and add fill dirt and then plant some seed? I really don't know how long this will take me so I am having problems pricing it also.

    Thanks... :)
  2. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    knowing wear you live would help.

    your choices are just regrade the existing soil back to level and sod/seed.

    rototill the area and sod / seed

    half way level it with existing then finish with topsoil and sod / seed

    to any of these you could then go back later and aerate to relieve compaction.

    Price by time, but it depends on the method you use what the time would be.
  3. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    I live in Indiana. I went out today to look at the lawn and it is not very bad at all. The deepest area is around 4" but most of it is about 2". I usually do not do this kind of work so I do not even own a tiller. How can I go about loosening the soil?

  4. Lawnchoice

    Lawnchoice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 781

    Get/rent a heavy roller, water the area down and repeat !
  5. kipcom

    kipcom LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Posts: 352

    1> Wait until the ground thaws.....then add good top soil...compact it (hand or machine) rake it, then water,seed,cover with straw or ?
  6. MacPhersonlawn

    MacPhersonlawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 170

    This is the way I would do it. I get requests like this each spring. This inexpensive, easy to do, and will look good.
  7. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    What tool can I use to compact the soil by hand?
  8. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,853

    Exactly what I would do.
  9. Appalachian landscape

    Appalachian landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

  10. Husky03

    Husky03 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 432

    Thanks for the link, that looks like what I would need. Any idea how long this would take solo? I would say it is only around 150ft of tracks at the most. I am going to call the fill dirt place and ask them how much dirt they think I would need.


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