Ruts in turf after mowing

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by kcomstock, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. kcomstock

    kcomstock LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I have been mowing for about 5 years now and I feel like I know what I am doing. The only thing that I am hitting my head on the wall about is the ruts that the tires are leaving? I change patterns every week that is a no brainer, the ruts I am referring to are the ones on the first two perimeter laps...After mowing the same lawns for several years now I have come to notice that the outside edges along beds and fences or whatever outside edge there is, there are little ruts from the tires, either 21" or the 36" Any ideas on what I am doing wrong or what I can do to fix it? The ground isn't wet when we mow, if it is we just wait or don't mow, I was thinking about adding topsoil to raise the grade in the turf to be even wit the rest? Hitting head against wall here, I want our properties to look fantastic! Thanks everyone...
  2. Snyder's Lawn Inc

    Snyder's Lawn Inc LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,530

    What i do I don t run in the same track everytime . Might give you more trimming on the outside edges
    Fall plugging helps level them out some what .
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I agree that plugging is a good idea and moving the perimeter line may be necessary, even if it means more string trimmer work...

    I would add compost after plugging in the areas that are sensitive... Sounds like you had all the correct practices going on...
  4. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,049

    I had a talk with my dealer some time back about this issue. He said there wasn't a lot you could do about it at certain times of the year because the ground gets so soft.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    change up the pattern if you can. it might take a little longer but itll look nice and be worth it in the end
  6. jiggz

    jiggz LawnSite Senior Member
    from jerz
    Messages: 646

    You rut with a 21??thats sounds almost impossible lol.. im not being a a$$ I just think thatÂ’s really weird unless the ground is always saturated.. what kind of mower is the 36? Standon? Zero? walkbehind?... I would just plug it and compost em evry now and then

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