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Help!!! I've got a large lawned area that has had to suffer tractors and JCBs going over it to get to another job. The grass has been turned to mud in some ares and is covered in sand in other parts. We need the grass to look good for the end of July as our son is having his wedding marquee on said lawn at the end of July next year. What is going to be the best plan to sort the mess out?



You don't need to do anything drastic. Grass is pretty resilient and most of the damage is superficial and will come back in the Spring like nothing happened. In the Spring, you can re-till any compacted areas, then lightly reseed. By the end of July, you'll be just fine.

15 Nov, 2016


Depends how bad the damage is - often, heavy traffic like you describe leaves behind rutted areas, and they don't sort themselves out over time - the grass may regrow, but the ruts will still be there. Any sand sitting on the surface should be removed as far as its possible to do so, if its unwashed builders' sand.

15 Nov, 2016


You would have to fill in large ruts. If you do it now it will have a chance to settle over the winter so you can reseed in the spring.

15 Nov, 2016


If it is not your contractor (public or private) doing the job did you file a complaint as to the damage to your property and demand a repair? If it was your contractor wasn't there a stipulation to repair or restore all on site damages?

16 Nov, 2016


Most cricket pitches have a heavy roller. It may be possible to borrow one while the ground is damp ?

21 Nov, 2016


Oooh, no, Diane, that's the worst thing to do - the lawn is already compacted from heavy machinery, using a heavy roller will aggravate the problem. In fact, there's merit in the idea of aerating the area, especially the rutted parts, prior to filling in with soil and grass seed.

21 Nov, 2016


Why do we see a large roller outside at every cricket pitch
in the United Kingdom then ?

23 Nov, 2016


Ah well, Diane, sports areas like cricket wickets (not the outfield), sometimes certain areas on golf courses, and bowling greens are the only places where a roller is appropriate - the type of grass used on those areas is different, and the groundsmen are trained in managing sports turf, which involves an enormous amount of very frequent maintenance (rolling, frequent aerating, topdressing, seeding, overseeding, cutting, trimming) because the area played on has to be level, smooth and flat. Groundsman work is a whole other specialism in horticulture.

In ordinary gardens with perfectly ordinary lawns, there is no appropriate use for a heavy roller - a roller sometimes is used to push back down turf lifted by heavy frost, but the small roller on the back of a cylinder mower will do that job. Any other use people try to put them to is usually to do with trying to 'flatten' the lawn out if it has bumps and hollows - all it does is compress the whole area, and it will not even out bumps and hollows - they need to be properly attended to by peeling back turf and removing soil in the case of bumps, and increasing the soil in hollowed areas.

23 Nov, 2016


Thats right about peeling back turf and removing soil underneath to hollow out bumps. I had to do it on my lawn still dont know if I took enough soil out.

Seems as though Palmerspots needs professional help !
The persons who caused the damage should pay.

My son's football club pitch was sown grass seed on former quarry land. It flooded all last winter. They had to have the experts in, dug it all up, laid new drainage pipes underneath it. Seems to be alright this year, no moaning.

24 Nov, 2016

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