Mower Tracks in Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Huntley, Il
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Question by zonie2626
July 21, 2010
What is causing - what to do - mower wheel tracks have turned lawn to brown straw - what can I do - leave it dormant until fall - fertilize ?

Answer from NGA
July 21, 2010
The grass may recover so don't do anything drastic right now. Three things can help you avoid wheel tracks. First, make sure the lawn is dry before mowing; mow often enough that you remove no more than one third of the blade height each time you mow; change the pattern of your mowing so you're not always mowing in the same direction. If you always mow from north to south or from east to west you run the risk of compacting the soil beneath the lawn because of the weight of the wheels. If you change your mowing pattern you will be less likely to cause compaction with the mower wheels. Hope these suggestions help!

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