Repairing Wheel Ruts In Your Lawn
The bane of any gardener who regularly has to park a vehicle in grassy areas are the wheel ruts that often form over time. Wheel ruts can occur under any conditions. Wet weather makes the soil soft and easily damaged by constant use while damage done during hot dry weather is through the grinding effect that tires have on the ground. The only way to avoid this is by either not driving and parking a vehicle on grassy areas, or by providing a sold base such as a concrete strip.
Sometimes it’s not possible to do either. You can lessen the damage by alternating where you drive and park. It is the constant driving and parking in the same position over a period of time that causes the damage. Deviate by 6-12 inches every time you park and you are spreading the load. You will still need to make repairs to that lawn, however, the damage will not be as severe and you won’t create deep ruts.
For deep ruts, you will need to back fill with good soil. This is one situation where laying turf pieces can often do a better job than growing grass from seed. If you take our advice and spread the load on your lawn, then you should be repairing any damage well before it becomes a deep rut. This is easy to achieve with the right approach.
To repair your lawn where the wheel ruts are not deep, spread a layer of quality top soil to fill out any depressions made by the wheels. Use a lawn repair tool to prepare the area of seeding, then over sow with a grass type that is suitable for heavy use. Water lightly and keep moist for a week to ten days. You will need to park your vehicle in such a way that it doesn’t affect the seeded area for two to three weeks, at least until you have cut it for the first time.
Wheel ruts are hard to deal with in lawns. If you keep on top of the problem and develop a good strong thatch, and alternate where the wheels are each time you park, you will find that your lawn will survive.