Best way to fix deep ruts

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falcon
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Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by falcon » February 13th, 2020, 2:15 pm

Hello,

I moved to a new house last summer with a detached barn that required me to drive over parts of the lawn. I drove mostly over an area that is basically packed dirt, but I also had to drive over a softer part of the lawn and it left several ruts that are 3-6" deep.

I'm wondering what the best way to rectify this is. I live in Reading, MA and I have not had a soil test yet, but the neighbors told me that the old owner had a huge garden there and would have compost trucked in every couple of years. That's now the best part of the lawn - minus the ruts!

So, should I just fill these ruts in with topsoil slowly? What is the ideal time of year to do this?

Thanks for the help!

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Re: Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by andy10917 » February 13th, 2020, 7:51 pm

How long is the area that needs to be fixed? It matters because the best way to fix it is manual,

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Re: Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by TimmyG » February 13th, 2020, 10:45 pm


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Re: Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by falcon » February 15th, 2020, 8:43 am

I would estimate that there are 3-5 ruts close to each other that are 50' long each.

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Re: Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by andy10917 » February 15th, 2020, 9:54 am

The technique that actually fixes the problem is to use a spading fork (often incorrectly called a pitchfork) to lift the compacted area as much as possible. That may be too much work for multiple 50' tracks. Just putting dirt on top hides the compacted soil but leaves the actual problem.


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Re: Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by falcon » February 15th, 2020, 1:08 pm

andy10917 wrote:
February 15th, 2020, 9:54 am
The technique that actually fixes the problem is to use a spading fork (often incorrectly called a pitchfork) to lift the compacted area as much as possible. That may be too much work for multiple 50' tracks. Just putting dirt on top hides the compacted soil but leaves the actual problem.
Great. Thank you. I'll do it by hand...the yard needs a ton of work anyway!

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Re: Best way to fix deep ruts

Post by falcon » February 15th, 2020, 1:16 pm

Is top dressing the lawn appropriate for other low spots that are not caused by compaction?

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