Best way to fix Ruts?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by spgseth, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. spgseth

    spgseth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Just built a shop that required 60+yds of cement, the cement trucks put a hurtin on my yard. I been thinking about tilling them and trying to level them out but from my experience when ever you till a piece of ground with grass it doesn't spread because the grass balls up. The tiller I have is a six foot PTO tiller and the magnitude of the ruts would be too much for a walk behind tiller. Do I just get some topsoil hauled in or use sand? Don't know what to do but the ruts are becoming a huge eye sore and there is no way to run a mower over them so i need to do something.
  2. TempleLawnCare

    TempleLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 204

    I put my tiller on a highest setting just enough to peel up the turf, take a flat shovel and get up all the grass. Then till it deep a couple times and then put some good topsoil over it.
  3. A1 Outdoor Services

    A1 Outdoor Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 44

    What kind of grass is it?
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,567

    I fix them all the time at commericial properties. Take a pick with pointy end drive it in the ground and rotate the end up. You can pull the soil and sod back up and fix the compaction at the same time. Fill it over with good soil. Since they would never pay us to fix them I do it this way no cost and it looks fine.
  5. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 1,185

    One of my clients recently had a pool put in. Nice ruts, I'll have to try that out. Thanks for the tip. I usually fill them in with top soil but it takes awhile for the grass to fill in. Good idea!
  6. spgseth

    spgseth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    The grass is st aug, really hard to work with when tilling or attempting to spread with a pick or drag. Plus the soil has alot of clay or what we call gumbo and once the sun hits it it turns to balls of rock hard soil that is very hard to work with also. I live about 500yds from a river so the ground is always kind of mushy, its only rock hard under the huge live oaks. Thinking my best bet will be to just bite the bullet and get a couple loads of topsoil just tired of writing checks if you know what I mean.
  7. orangemower

    orangemower LawnSite Silver Member
    from pa
    Messages: 2,768

    Ah, you answered your own question. Man that was easy. One other thing, how much is top soil down there? I can get it for free at a local farm!

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