Tire Marks

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by curtisller, Nov 15, 2005.

  1. curtisller

    curtisller LawnSite Member
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    I have 4 parallel grooves in my lawn, compliments of a piano delivery truck. Short of driving the truck over my entire yard, is there anything I can do to get rid of these tire marks?
     
  2. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
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    fill with soil to desires level, seed
     
  3. curtisller

    curtisller LawnSite Member
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    Is that to only option that will work?
    If it is the only good option, should I do it now or wait until spring?
     
  4. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
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    my opinion its your best option. i would do it now but i would mix in some winter rye. the rye will stay green though the winter and die out when the fescue kicks in. if these grasses wont work in your zone just check with your local garden center to see what you could sub.

    how deep are the ruts anyway?
     
  5. curtisller

    curtisller LawnSite Member
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    The ruts are about an inch deep where the truck sat while the piano was taken off. The rest of the ruts are about 1/2 inch deep.

    Does it make a difference?

    Now that it is snowing here will any grass actually grow before spring?
     
  6. Guthrie&Co

    Guthrie&Co LawnSite Senior Member
    from nc
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    well in that case i would just wait until spring to tackle this job. sounds like winter has set in, nobody likes to work in that kind of weather anyway.
     
  7. jasonnau

    jasonnau LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would let it sit till spring. The freeze thaw of winter will probably take care of the problem by itself. Plus, it's probably still green in the ruts. Fill it with soil and it will be an eyesore all winter. My bets are that by spring you won't need to do a thing.
     
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    We repair ruts in commericial property by taking a pick and pulling the soil back up. You can avoid damaging the soid in this manner. Essentially you are "unpacking" the soil where the truck ran. Then after pulling the soil and sod back up you can put a small amount of sand/soil to fill in the cracks. Works great where the big trucks run across lawn constantly.
     
  9. John B Laidlaw

    John B Laidlaw LawnSite Member
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    I agree w/ ed2hess. try using a pitch fork like you would for a ball mark on a green in golf. Works great and if you do it right, you won't have to fill with anything. I've done here at the college many times and it works well.
     

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