How to Prevent Clay from Sticking to Lawn Mower Tires


Soils that contain a large amount of clay compact tightly and drain water slowly. These soils are difficult to work with--they are hard to loosen and stick to garden implements. Sticky clay soils can even affect how easy it is to mow lawns that sit on clay soil. The clay tends to grip to the tires and make it difficult to smoothly push the mower across the lawn. If you have clay soils, the key is to prepare your mower before you cut the grass to insure a smoother cut.

Step 1

Add a tablespoon of dish detergent to a bucket. Fill a bucket half full with warm or hot water from a faucet.

Step 2

Scrub tires with a cleaning brush, dipping the brush into the water and detergent mixture and scrubbing the tires until any dirt is removed.

Step 3

Dry each tire thoroughly with a rag, rubbing the rag in between the grooves and on the outside of the tires.

Step 4

Spray the lubricating spray on a rag. Apply the lubricating spray to the tires by rubbing the rag over each tire, rubbing in between the grooves of the tires and on the outside of the tires. Keep repeating until each tire is well lubricated.

Step 5

Mow the lawn as you normally would. Repeat the cleaning and lubricating process every time you mow the lawn.

Things You'll Need

  • Rags
  • Dish detergent
  • Water
  • Cleaning brush
  • Bucket
  • Lubricating solvent


  • University of California: Managing Lawns on Heavy Soils
Keywords: sticky clay, clay soil, lawn mower

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Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.