Churned up lawn

I would be grateful for any advice on how best to renovate an area of lawn that was churned up by a dumper truck during building works. The grass has grown back but the tracks left by the dumper still remain. It's not just a question of filling in the sunken areas as the dumper wheels pushed up ridges on each side of the tracks. The area of lawn affected is approximately 100m long by 20m wide. The area was formerly farmland before becoming part of a garden so is not high quality turf but needs to be brought back to a level, even surface.

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    pictures would be helpful - however I had a similar area in my field entrance about 40m long 15m wide where tractors bogged down over winter -
    Rototvate the whole lot, then level it out how ever your prefer (I find chain harrows work best but you could just drag pallets over it) - then re-seed or turf as per your budget and preference.

    • I'd go along with that, 2000sq m is a fair area, can you get a tractor in? If so, it's only a few hours work.  By pedestrian equipment - more than a shade longer!  

      On a separate issue, access issues/damage should be factored into any work and a close eye should be kept on any work going on to keep reinstatement to a minimum - 20mtrs wide is the size of a motorway!

      • Yes, there is vehicular access, that's how the dumper got in! Unfortunately, instead of picking one route up and down the garden and sticking to it, they meandered all over the place hence the large area. It doesn't all need repairing but the damage is spread about. My client reckons it could be done by hand but I don't have a spare month available!

    • Thanks David. I had wondered about rotivating but my client wasn't keen. I think that could be the way to go though. Don't have access to any chain harrows but the pallet idea sounds good.

  • Hi Geoff.

    Hope you don't mind an alternative angle of attack.

    I would roll the area which would flatten the higher sides of the ruts and therefore lessen the depth of them, fill what is left of the hollows/ruts then seed the bare areas of topsoil.

    Whatever way you choose, I wouldn't be too enthused to keep a client who expected a 100m x 20m area of land could be reinstated by hand!




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    Hi Geoff

    I would top dress, drag mat and then overseed the damaged area. I have only ever used chain harrows personally on construction tasks but then i haven't seen this task so they could work perfectly.

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    As david as suggested, roll when when the grounds not to wet
    So the sides level out, infill with fresh top soil roll again, reseed.
    Personally I would say that's cleanest and easiest way to do.
    • Thanks for your suggestions guys, this is the first time I've started a discussion and it's nice to know so many of you are willing to help.

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    personally id expect the ground to be horrifically compacted - hence rotovating first to loosen it!
    Rolling it should be done after, but rolling down the bumps would also only make the divots more compacted and the area would at best only ever grow poor grass. If its had that weight on it, the soil does need to be cultivated.

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