How to Fix Tire Tracks On Lawn

One of the results of mowing your lawn while it is still wet is ugly tire marks. Homeowners are often unsure about how to fix tire tracks in lawn and often resort to expensive options such as sod replacement. Some people recommend planting grass and adding soil to the ruts. However, this risks leaving compacted soil underneath, making it difficult for the grass to grow.

When you mow your lawn using the same pattern repeatedly, you expose them to tire tracks. Shallow marks are relatively easier to fix than deep marks, which may require invasive treatment. Although some people think replacing sod or reseeding may fix tire tracks on a lawn, I do not believe that is necessary for an average yard. This article provides a detailed guide on how to remove the tire tracks on your lawn.

How to avoid tire tracks? Read here How to Protect Your Lawn from Cars

What You Will Need

Before I talk about fixing tire tracks on a lawn, let me outline the repair tools you will need.

  • Fork plow
  • Spade
  • Landscaping knife
  • Grass seed
  • Water hose
  • Topsoil and compost

How to Fix Tire Ruts in Your Lawn

Get down to brass tacks and start fixing your lawn as soon as you have what you need. There are different techniques for fixing shallow and deep tire tracks on your lawn.

Shallow Tire Trucks

These include tire trucks less than four inches deep.

  • First, take your fork and loosen the layer of soil. You will not have to dig deep since only a thin layer is compacted.
  • Find the edge of the rut and while placing your spade at a 45-degree angle, push it into the soil slightly and push down the handle.
  • The earth and sod will rise once you pry it up with the spade. Continue prying until it is an inch above the level of the lawn.

Deep ruts

Parking your vehicle on a wet lawn can leave deep, unsightly tire marks. Fixing such tire marks is a little bit complicated and may be moderately labor-intensive.

  • First, loosen the ground by placing a fork at an angle and pushing it deeper into the ground.
  • Be sure to keep the grass you can save to help you refill the tire marks later. Cut down one side and the end of the rut with a landscaping knife. Cut through the thatch up to the soil. Use your fork to pry the grass up and then fold it over on the lawn.
  • With the grass out of the way, loosen the soil in the rut. This allows the new grass to take root.
  • Make a 50/50 mixture using topsoil and sand. This is important because it allows the area to drain well and prevents soil compacting in the future.
  • Use the mixture to fill the rut and ensure you do not leave any gaps. On the freshly laid bed of soil, fold the grass back down and press it down so that the grassroots touch the soil. The grass should sit slightly higher than the rest of the lawn once you finish. However, it will become level once the ground settles.
  • You may need to seed the area. If that is your choice, consider using the same grass seed variety on your lawn. Carefully rake the area so that the seed spreads evenly. Be sure to water the area frequently so that the grass can take root and grow.
  • Just like that, you have successfully fixed the tire tracks on your lawn. However, you will have to keep watch over the area so that it does not sink below. If it sinks, you will need to follow the steps for shallow ruts to level it. The worst-case scenario would be cutting the sod up and adding the soil mixture.

Additional Tips for Fixing Tire Tracks in Your Lawn

  • Always mow when the ground is dry to prevent tire tracks
  • Be sure to alternate the mowing pattern. This will not only result in an attractive lawn, but it will also prevent ruts from developing.
  • Be careful when raking or digging areas with underground irrigation systems

When Is The Best Time To Repair Tire Tracks on Your Lawn?

You may probably be thinking of going out right away to fix your lawn after reading the first section of this guide. Well, not so fast. Do the repairs at the right time to allow the grass to flourish. The best time to repair tire tracks is when the grass is growing, which varies depending on the type of grass.

Warm Season Grass

Buffalo, Bermuda, Centipede, Saint Augustine, Bahia, and Zoysia experience strong growth spurt between the end of spring and the beginning of summer. This is the best time to fix the ruts for lawns with these grasses.

Cool-season Grass

Early fall is when cool-season grasses experience the most growth. Examples of cool-season grass include Fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass.
In case your lawn is damaged during winter, you may have to wait until the weather warms to fix the ruts. Most grasses tend to grow slowly during the cold period. The earliest you can start the repair is during spring. If damage happens during summer, you can fix the area right away.


Homeowners with tire tracks in their lawns often become frustrated by the unsightly nature of the marks. You do not need to call a gardener and spend extra money redoing your entire lawn. I managed to fix the problem without a hassle. I was even motivated to change the way I mow my lawn.

Consider not doing anything that may leave tire tracks on your beautiful lawn. In addition, have automatic water sprinklers installed to avoid stepping on the freshly repaired lawn to water it. Alternatively, you may want to fence your yard to prevent cars from parking on it.

I hope you found this article useful. Have you tried any of my tips for fixing tire tracks on a lawn? Please share your experiences and recommendations in the comments section.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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