Fixing large ruts in the lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Neenah, Wi
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Question by sharon2gregg
May 13, 2010
We had cement work in the backyard and had a bob cat do all the work of taking out soil, bringing in stone and hauling the cement.. I have been receiving advice on how to fix it and I want it done the right way so I came here. Some of the ruts are 4-6 inches deep. Should I try lifting the area first? Topsoil is black dirt and underneath is clay. Thank you.

Answer from NGA
May 13, 2010
The weight of the bobcat has certainly compacted the soil so I'd start by digging into it a bit to help loosen it. A rototiller will make quick work of the project but failing that, hand digging is your next best option. Once you've loosened up the soil, spread topsoil over the area and work it into the native soil, then level the area and replant. Best wishes with your project!

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