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How to Fix Lawn Tire Ruts

By F.R.R. Mallory ; Updated September 21, 2017
Tire ruts in your lawn can be repaired.
ruts in grain field image by Alex White from Fotolia.com

Someone drove across your lawn, and it might have been you. Now your lawn has big tire ruts and it needs immediate repair. If your ruts happen during the winter when the lawn is dormant, you may want to wait until early spring to refill the ruts with top soil, knock down the edges and reseed at the same time you would normally seed your lawn. If you have ruts in a gorgeous summer lawn, an immediate repair may be a better choice.

Rake the sides of the ruts from the grass toward the middle of the rut. Use a garden shovel to even out holes or dips.

Add topsoil along the entire rut, and rake the top soil in. Allow for the depth of the sod you will replace.

Cut sod from a less visible portion of your lawn using a sod knife and transfer shovel. Press the sod into the repaired ruts so that the new lawn blends with the old lawn. Water in your sod, and keep all foot traffic off that part of the lawn for 2 to 3 weeks until the sod roots into the soil.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden rake
  • Garden shovel
  • Top soil
  • Transfer shovel
  • Heavy duty sod knife
  • Sod


  • Repeated tire ruts may require tilling the soil if it compacts and hardens. Consider installing landscaping that will prevent vehicles from accessing the lawn.

About the Author


F.R.R. Mallory has been published since 1996, writing books, short stories, articles and essays. She has worked as an architect, restored cars, designed clothing, renovated homes and makes crafts. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor's degrees in psychology and English. Her fiction short story "Black Ice" recently won a National Space Society contest.