How To Fix a Deep Rut in Your Lawn

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The best way to fix a two to three inch shallow rut in your yard is to first loosen the dirt around and under the rut with a garden fork. The idea is to bring the dirt up to the sides of the rut, then spread a little compost over it. Once your compost is in place, then spread your dirt back onto and over the compost. Make sure the top layer is a few inches over the natural ground level to allow for natural settling of the dirt. You can reseed the area or purchase a grass square to place over it. Keep the traffic off of it for a while. Be sure to water regularly.


If the rut is deeper break up the hard ground first and bring up to the soil to the sides of the "bowl" type hole and then fill with one part each of sand, compost and soil. Be sure to rake in the soil that you brought up to the sides of the "bowl" over the fill.  You want to add enough soil so that the level is a little higher than the rest of the yard allowing for natural settling of the soil. If your hole is deep, you most likely did not have grass to place on top. Purchase strips or squares of grass for the area so that the soil will stay in the hole. As noted above keep traffic off the area and be sure to water.


If you are selling your home your front yard must say "If you love the yard appeal, wait until you see inside!" It is vitally important to make that yard pop just like that front door! 


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Comments (8)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Sussie - It is important to do everything you can for the lawn in your front yard for that curb appeal.

Sep 04, 2017 08:20 AM
Sussie Sutton

That is true... if your yard looks unkept then more than likely so is your home.

Sep 04, 2017 08:52 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Thank you for the lawn care tip Sussie Sutton. I would have just filled it with dirt and threw some seed down.

Sep 04, 2017 08:20 AM
Sussie Sutton

Oh Doug! I was thinking the same thing and decided to check. I am glad I did. Just throwing some dirt over it would not have helped.  I have a huge car tire hole where my daughter parks and I am going to fix it today.

Sep 04, 2017 08:53 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

I bet there's a whole lot of yards and homes needing attention today in Texas!

Sep 10, 2017 08:17 PM
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA


I just wanted to check on you and your blog post. How have you been? 

Jan 29, 2018 11:49 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Sussie. Timeless post - but hope to see you more in the Rain. D 

Mar 17, 2018 01:30 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

I agree this is a timeless post. I will bookmark it and share with others 

Apr 03, 2018 04:34 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Sussie Sutton - This is wonderful to know and very useful advice. I'm sure I'm not the only one who didn't know how to rectify a common problem in Texas.

Thank you, so much!!!

Apr 22, 2018 06:09 PM
Ricardo Mello
Manhattan Miami Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
Manhattan & Miami Real Estate Agent

Great post Sussie

Aug 02, 2018 08:12 AM

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