How to fix ruts in yard?

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by cpllawncare, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was called to a house that has been rutted up pretty bad, she just fired her previous LCO and ask if I could fix her lawn, I know it can be done just not sure of the best method, it's about 6K sq feet of centipede, I was thinking sand but wasn't sure if this would be the best method?
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    You can use a pitchfork to raise the soil back if not too bad.
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  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Sounds bad enough for top soil be layed over affective area and rake level. Have done many times with St.. Augustine and Argentine Bahia.
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  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Big fan of compost or a mix mostly of compost instead of top soil.
     
  5. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I was thinking top soil or compost also she said they had had sand brought in once before, my question was why sand?
     
  6. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sand is common in the piedmont area but in your area? Compost will improve the soil be it sand, clay or loam.
     
  7. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Will be doing it that way myself this fall, have some areas now where we had tree stumps ground and I filled in 6 years ago we'll now the rest of the stumps are rotted and the ground is settling so I got holes in the yard.
     
  8. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Deep holes should not be 100% compost. That would be a top soil / compost blend. I would then blend that 50 / 50 with the native soil then level.
     
  9. kirk1701

    kirk1701 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Yea, sorry thats what I'm using. The place has it 50/50 or you can buy compost or topsoil.

    I have a few projects planned for this fall I'll be starting a thread on one soon for additional landscaping idea's.

    Plus aerating this fall
     
  10. wildstarblazer

    wildstarblazer LawnSite Senior Member
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    If you only use top soil or a mix or whatever without adding new sod, the weeds will grow in before the grass grows back in. Cent doesn't creep fast like st. Aug does.
    Without seeing the site it's hard to give advise but I have fixed ruts before by aerating the compacted spots with a pitch fork and then put sod right over it without adding soil cause it sat down level just with the soil on the sod pieces.


    If you do use soil, some also recommend a soil and sand mix not sure the compost is needed.
     

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