Someone Drove On My Lawn! What Should I Do?

Well, it happens to most of us where a neighbor parks on your lawn while backing out of your driveway and goes over the edge of your lawn instead. So what can you do about it?

In most cases the damage should not be that bad where there are deep ruts made from the tire marks, unless you have a very soft yard or its rained quite a bit recently. In this example…

tire marks in lawn

…the tire marks here are not very deep but the mud/dirt is showing. This should grow back in a few weeks in the spring or summer time. You can help the area by leveling it out as much as you can by either stepping on the sides of the ruts to push the mud/dirt back into place. You can even use a steel tamper like this, if you don’t want to get your feet dirty. 🙂

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How To Repair Deep Tire Ruts In Mud

In this next example you can see that either a light truck or mid-sized car went off the curb and found a soft area in the dirt.

deep ruts in lawn

This is going to take a bit more muscle to get back to level. You will still want to use a tamper but you will also most likely need to put down a bag or two of sand or dig up another area of your lawn that is hidden or has excess dirt and use that to fill in the void.

Once you have it level you can either seed the area out put down a square or two of the sod of your choice. Here are some tips on establishing a lawn from sod.

What Are Typically The Costs To Fix Ruts In Your Yard?

If the damage is really bad then you can expect the costs to be really bad as well. Compared to doing it yourself and letting the grass grow back in. Look at this example…

major tire damage in lawn

…just imagine that this is your front lawn or swale area. I’ve seen this a few times in sub-divisions and more times in rural areas. This is major tire rut damage and if you don’t have a commercial grade steamroller then you’ll probably be calling a contractor to come out and do the leveling and repair.

Depending on the size this could range from a few hundred to a few thousand.

My Neighbor damaged my lawn, what are my options?

Well, the bible tells us to “love our neighbors” as ourselves. Now, I would be pretty upset with myself if I did this to my lawn (and I have, many times), so it’s okay to be upset with my neighbor too right?

If you want them to fess up and actually pay for the damage it’s probably not the best tactic to give them a lashing. I would think most neighbors would own up to the mess and pay for it but in the rare occasion where you have someone refusing to fix it then there may not be much you can do legally. Unless you have them on video actually showing them doing the damage, then you can file a police report.

How To Keep Cars From Parking On My Lawn?

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There are many deterrents you can install to prevent cars from parking on your lawn. I actually did a more complete post on different barriers you can put in your lawn to prevent cars from parking in your yard. Be sure to check it out for all of the different options.