Ruts and "potholes" in lawn?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by BluegrassTexas, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. BluegrassTexas

    BluegrassTexas LawnSite Member
    Posts: 7

    My lawn has several Ruts and "Potholes" that are making my mower Scalp the yard. What is the best method to fix these areas?
  2. grass4gas

    grass4gas LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 473

    At the risk of being a smarta$$, I'll be the first to answer.

    You have heard of topsoil, right?

    Is there more to this problem than meets the eye?

    Are the ruts there because someone drove over your lawn, or the lawn is constantly damp or wet?

    Are the potholes more like sink holes?

    Am I missing something hear?
  3. By-The-Lake

    By-The-Lake LawnSite Member
    Posts: 60

    Pretty straight forward as grass4gas mentioned. Topsoil until fairly level (might need to tamp it down slightly) followed by sod or grass seed of your choice.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,050

    If the turf is healthy and you don't want to kill it by smothering it with top soil, you can cut it out and then fill and put it back, but be sure to accomodate for the thickness of the sod you're putting back. If it's really bad, you might have to re-grade the whole lawn. It amazes me that on some of the new lawns around me, they just backblade with a dozer and seed over it without raking or any other type of final grading.

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