Best Way to Fix Tracks in Newly Sodded Yard

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Knox, Oct 29, 2008.

  1. Knox

    Knox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    My wife and I recently moved into a brand new house with a yard that was sodded on September 26th. After roughly 5 weeks, the yard is what I would call medium hard; not too soft yet not a mature-feeling yard.

    As with any new home, we had to have the cable line buried after it was run from near the sidewalk, around the side of the driveway and up onto the house.

    Instead of notifying me that the burial was happening today (I scheduled it for Nov 4th), I came home to find tracks all over my side yard with clay mud showing in a few areas. Yep, the cable was buried without me being present or even notified.

    Since it is fresh sod, I'm interested in what this community would recommend that I do to level the yard back out and ensure the health of the grass. The sod has taken root so lifting and replacing is out of the question at this point (which I've had to do once due to the wife backing over a corner of the yard).

    Thanks in advance for the help. Looking forward to becoming a part of this community.
  2. WPLE

    WPLE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    What kind of grass is it?
  3. Knox

    Knox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    I asked that when I bought the house and the builder didn't have an answer. Since I'm a lawn care newbie I'm not sure myself. I plan to take photos this evening of the damage which I can post here for review.
  4. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Messages: 683

    You can try rolling it. Find out what type of grass it is, and fill the deeper ruts with topsoil and reseed.........:usflag:
  5. WPLE

    WPLE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    If it is bermuda the ruts could just be filled in with masons sand and will fill in quick.
  6. Knox

    Knox LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the tips so far.

    After talking with a neighbor, I believe the grass to be a fescue. I'm not sure the exact variety though.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Post some pics so we can get a better idea of what's going on.
  8. baddboygeorge

    baddboygeorge LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    Get a pitch fork an if its wet like you say with clay showing thru it take a pitch fork an push down into the rut an then push back on the handle an the rut will come rite back up to grade, I have done this many times an it works like magic!!
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2008

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