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How to Prevent Tire Tracks in Lawn: Quick Fixes

Want a tire-track-free lawn? We can help. Our quick fixes are designed to eliminate tire tracks and keep your lawn looking pristine. With our help, you can enjoy a flawless lawn all year round.

How to prevent tire tracks in the lawn:

Mow when dry. Don’t over-spin tires. Use proper tire pressure. Change mow patterns. Water the lawn regularly. Use less aggressive tires. Loosen soil, add soil/compost, and plant seeds/sod. Water new grass; don’t mow until 4″ tall. Mow gently until the repaired section blends in.

Explore the path to a tire-track-free lawn. Our quick fixes are designed to help you maintain a pristine lawn all year round. With these tips, a flawless lawn is within your reach. Let’s delve into the details!


Preventing tire tracks from a lawnmower

Prevention is always the best cure, and by adopting some best practices for lawn mowing, you can ensure that your lawn stays free from these tire tracks. It is essential to mention that tire tracks affect the visual appeal and impact the overall health of grass and soil in your lawn.

Healthy soil has some air trapped in it that the grassroots needs to grow. But pressure from the tires of a heavy mower can cause the soil to become compact, and there is no space left for air to be entrapped in this soil.

As a result, the grassroots can’t get the adequate air they need, and the soil also becomes hard, causing the grass in the compacted area to die out and leave patches on the lawn.

• Time to Avoid Soil Compaction: Understanding the Issue

As if that isn’t bad enough, soil compacted by lawnmower tires can’t efficiently absorb water either because of being too compact, and puddles form in the sections damaged by tires since water doesn’t get absorbed into the soil.

That is why it is essential to take these preventative measures so you can stop leaving tire marks on your lawn and prevent compacting the soil:

In my 20 years of experience, I’ve found that the most common causes of lawn tire tracks are heavy vehicles, wet soil conditions, and frequent traffic in the same area. It’s a common issue, but with the right approach, it can be managed effectively.

● Don’t mow your lawn when it is wet:

Mowing a lawn when wet from either rain or after watering the grass is probably the most common reason people get tire tracks in their lawn. It is nearly impossible to use a lawnmower on wet soil and not get tire marks simultaneously since moist soil is loose.

It doesn’t have the same ability to support the weight of your lawnmower that dry soil has. It would be best if you didn’t even walk around a lot on your lawn when wet because even an activity as simple as walking can cause the damp soil to sink.

– How Wet Soil Affects the Appearance of Your Lawn

So, if you run a lawnmower on wet soil, the soil will sink, and after the soil dries, it will solidify in this sunken state, and tire tracks from the mower will appear very visible.

Not to mention, wet grass won’t stay upright, making it difficult to cut it. Your lawnmower won’t be able to cut damp grass properly anyway; therefore, it is best to wait until the lawn is adequately dried out before mowing it.

Once you notice the soil has dried up to the point where it doesn’t feel loose to touch, your lawn has dried up enough to use a lawnmower.

Prevent tires of a lawnmower from spinning in a place:

If your lawnmower struggles to move forward, it will put a lot of strain on the soil and severely damage the grass because rotating tires can cause the grass to get uprooted if you continue spinning your lawnmower’s tires in the same place.

Tire spinning in place is a common problem with riding lawnmowers because they are heavy machines, and unlike push mowers, you can’t help them move forward by pushing them if the surface of the lawn is steep. Your riding lawnmower might be spinning out due to the following reasons:

  1. The grass is wet in the area where the mower’s tires are spinning because damp grass is slippery.
  2. Steep hill: Your lawn is on a steep hill, which makes it difficult for the mower to move uphill, causing it to spin its tires.
  3. Worn-out tires: Your lawnmower’s tires have worn out, and you can’t get any traction from them.
  4. Wrong gear: You are using the faulty gears when using the riding lawnmower

– Understanding the Importance of Tread Quality

You can avoid spinning out your lawnmower’s tires if you keep an eye on the tread quality you have on the tires. If the tires seem worn out, you should put a new set of tires on.

Also, it is a good idea to avoid taking very sharp turns when mowing uphill since it takes a lot more power to make a quick turn when climbing, and you can end up spinning your lawnmower’s tires.

You can also use shorter gears since shorter gears are designed to provide more torque, so you don’t get stuck and end up spinning the tires.

Don’t overinflate the tires of your lawnmower

Riding lawnmowers come with tires that require you to put air in them. You must put the recommended amount of air in your mower’s tires and avoid overinflating them. The tread pattern of an overly inflated tire bulges outwards from the middle of the tread.

A smaller tire surface area comes in contact with the soil, putting all the mower’s weight on a narrow surface. This causes the tire to dig into the soil and leave tire marks due to all the weight being focused on a little tire surface.

The best way to avoid over-inflating your mower’s tires is by inflating them to the pressure recommended in your mower’s user manual. But as a general rule of thumb, keep your riding mower’s tire pressure at ten psi for the rear and 14 psi for the front tires.

When homeowners notice tire tracks on their lawn, the first step is to stop driving on the lawn, if possible. Then, lightly rake the area to help the grass stand back up and water it to encourage recovery. This immediate action can make a significant difference.”

Don’t mow in the same pattern over and over again

Mowing the lawn in the same pattern every time is a recipe for tire tracks on your lawn because your lawnmower’s tires keep passing over the same area repeatedly, causing the grass in that pattern to grow slower.

The result is a visible tire mark caused by mowing the lawn in the same pattern every time. Preventing this problem is as simple as switching up the pattern in which you mow your lawn after regular intervals.

– The Benefits of Changing Your Mowing Pattern

Another plus of changing up your mowing pattern is that you get designs on your lawn that make it look like a Super Bowl stadium. You can even mow the lawn from one corner to another to switch up the mowing pattern.

The point is that your tires shouldn’t pass the same area repeatedly; you can make out multiple mowing patterns according to the shape of your lawn and use these patterns alternatively to keep your lawn rut-free.

Water your lawn regularly to prevent the grass from drying up

Grass in your lawn requires regular watering to stay healthy and recover after being pressed down by heavy lawnmowers. If grass blades don’t have enough water, they will get soft and tender before drying.

When you mow a lawn that is not watered regularly, the grass will not stand back up in the areas pressed down by the mower’s tires, and visible tire marks will start to appear on your lawn. To keep your lawn grass healthy, well-hydrated, and proper watering techniques.

Ideally, you should water your lawn twice a week in the summer to prevent the grass from drying. Early morning is a good time to water your lawn because the sunshine will allow the lawn to dry out the excess water, and you won’t have to deal with wet soil when mowing.

Don’t put tires with aggressive treads on your lawnmower

Like a bald tire is unsuitable for your lawnmower, so is a tire with a bold tread pattern. Remember that you will use the mower on soil, and aggressive tire tread can dig into the soil and uproot the grass.

There is a reason why lawnmowers don’t come with aggressive tread tires from the factory. Of course, a tire with bold tread patterns is doing to give you better traction, but to get more traction, these more enormous treads sink deeper into the soil.

It will damage more grass, leaving damage behind them like tire tracks all over your lawn. A simple solution for this problem is that whenever you replace your lawn mower’s tires, get the tire with a pattern similar to the one installed from the factory.

Wet seasons or weather can make the lawn more susceptible to tire tracks as the soil is softer and the grass blades are more easily bent or broken. This is something I’ve observed in various climates and weather conditions.

How to fix tire tracks or ruts caused by lawnmower

Everyone who maintains a lawn has to repair the damage from tire tracks at least once in their lifetime. Repairing tire tracks is important because ruts can invite weeds and other unwanted plants to grow in areas where the grass is absent due to tire damage.

The tools you will need to fix a tire track in your lawn are:

  • Spading fork. You can find a Spading fork here.
  • Edger. You can find an Edger here.

You can follow these steps to fix a tire track in your lawn

● Step 1: Loosen up the soil:

The soil in the area damaged by tires gets complicated due to tires constantly passing over it. Therefore, it is essential to loosen it up to retain air and other nutrients in it.

Use the edger to cut out the sod safely and then loosen up the soil around the tire marks using a spading fork; make sure to dig at least 4 inches deep and turn the soil onto itself. Repeat this process on the entire length of the tire mark.

If the sod is healthy, then put it aside because you can replant it after repairing the rut. You can find an Edger here and a Spading fork here.

● Step 2: Add new soil mix:

Once the soil is loosened, you can add new soil to the damaged area to promote grass growth. Get enough topsoil to fit the area being repaired; remember that you have to add an extra layer of topsoil to the repaired area so that the fixed portion is higher than the surrounding soil.

Use a blend of soil, compost, and sand in equal proportions to provide enough nutrients for the grass to grow back correctly.

● Step 3: Plant the seeds:

You can then get new sod to place on top of the repaired area, or you can plant grass seeds in the area to grow the grass back again. Or if the sod you removed before loosening the soil wasn’t damaged, you can replant it in the new topsoil.

It is best to replant the old sod because it will keep the lawn looking even after the repair since the color and texture will be the same as the surrounding grass. The repaired area takes some time to level out with its surroundings; you must pay extra attention when mowing it.

Preventive measures are key to avoiding tire tracks. Using designated pathways for vehicles, avoiding driving on the lawn when it’s wet, and rotating parking spots can help prevent tire tracks. These are strategies I’ve recommended to many homeowners over the years.

When should you repair your lawn?

Most people think they should wait until spring to repair the damage and plant new grass. But the fresh grass planted in spring will not get enough time to establish itself before the summer heat arrives, and if the grass is weak, it will dry out during the summer.

So, it is best to repair your lawn in autumn because the grass doesn’t have to compete against weeds to grow in the autumn season, while during summer and spring, weed seeds also start germinating, causing the competition for the grass to increase. 

You can find grass seeds here. Plenty of moisture and rain showers during autumn allow new grass to grow, and low temperatures prevent the fresh grass from drying up.

How do you care for newly planted grass?

Watering is the most critical aspect of new grass care, and how well you water the fresh grass determines how healthy and quickly it grows. If you have planted seeds, it is recommended to water them sparingly to prevent them from being washed away.

Sprinkle water on the freshly planted seeds and grass on a hot day to prevent them from drying up. You can find grass seeds here. After you repair your lawn, you must take extra care of the newly planted grass to allow it to grow correctly.

Don’t mow the fresh grass until it has reached at least 4 inches in length because before the new grass runs this length, it will be very tender and can even get uprooted by the lawnmower.

• Identifying Weed Growth in New Grass

For cutting new grass, make sure that your lawnmower’s blade is sharp and set the height of the blade to cut the fresh grass a bit higher. 

Make sure to watch out for weed growth around the newly planted grass, and if you find any weed, remove it immediately because it can use the nutrients from the soil and starve the grass. And just like weeds, bugs can find their way into fresh grass as well, and they can eat away at it.

Therefore, you would want to use insect control products to remove harmful bugs from the grass in the freshly repaired patch.


Mowing the grass is an essential part of lawn maintenance. Still, as lawnmowers, especially lawnmowers, become heavier, it is critical to be cautious while mowing your lawn to prevent damaging the soil and grass.

While it is easy to fix tire marks, it’s best to prevent the damage from being caused in the first place. Repairing the damage adds another step to your lawn care routine: waiting for the fixed sections to recover.

It is best to prevent tire damage in the first place by using the methods explained above. To fix your lawn’s tire marks, use a spade and loosen the soil in the affected area. Then, fill the ruts with a soil mixture to a depth of about 1 to 2 inches.

• Repairing Ruts and Preventing Further Damage

This will help repair the ruts and prevent further damage. Once the soil is back in place, water it thoroughly and wait for it to settle. After a few days, you may need to add more soil to fill any remaining low spots. Once the soil is level, you can reseed with turf grass.

Make sure to keep the area well-watered until the grass regrows. This process should ideally be done in early fall when the grass is still growing but the temperatures are not too high. This will give the new grass the best chance of survival.

Remember, if growing new grass from seed, the soil must be moist until the grass is well-established. This is essential. Also, avoid walking on the fresh grass until it’s at least 2 inches high.

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  1. Gina Kuhn says:

    How can I tell if my lawn is too wet to mow, and what should I do if I need to mow but it’s still wet?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      “Wait until the soil is dry before mowing to avoid tire tracks. If it’s still wet, it’s best to wait until it dries out. Patience is key for a flawless lawn!”

  2. Ricky Soto says:

    These tips are so practical and easy to follow, thank you

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for the positive feedback, Ricky! Glad you found the tips practical and easy to follow. Enjoy your pristine lawn all year round!

  3. Joel Montgomery says:

    How long does it take for newly planted grass to grow?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      New grass typically takes about 7-30 days to grow, depending on the grass type, soil conditions, and weather. Patience is key!

  4. Carrie Mendoza says:

    I had no idea overinflating tires could cause tire tracks, good to know

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Carrie, thank you for your comment! Overinflating tires can indeed cause tire tracks. Check out our blog for more tips on maintaining a flawless lawn. Enjoy!

  5. Joy Lawrence says:

    How often should I mow my lawn to prevent tire tracks?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Mow weekly and change up your patterns to prevent tire tracks. Follow these tips for a flawless lawn all year round!

  6. Todd Dean says:

    Really helpful information, can’t wait to try these tips on my lawn

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Todd! We’re glad you found the information helpful. Enjoy trying out the tips on your lawn for a flawless look all year round!

  7. Dolores Hart says:

    What type of grass seed is best for repairing tire tracks in the lawn?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Hi Dolores! To repair tire tracks in your lawn, use a blend of soil, compost, and sand, along with new grass seeds or sod. Water regularly, mow when dry, and adjust tire pressure. Best of luck!

  8. Logan Soto says:

    Is it better to repair tire tracks in the fall or spring?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Fall is the best time to repair tire tracks in your lawn. The cooler temperatures and moisture in the soil support new grass growth. Repair in the fall for a flawless lawn in the spring.

  9. Joy Wade says:

    I never thought changing mow patterns could make such a difference, great advice

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Joy! Changing mow patterns is a game-changer for a beautiful lawn. Keep up the great work with your lawn care routine!

  10. Jon Peck says:

    Is it okay to mow the lawn in the evening instead of the morning?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Hi Jon! Mowing in the evening is fine as long as the grass is dry to prevent tire tracks. Changing patterns, proper tire pressure, and soil maintenance are key for a tire-track-free lawn. Enjoy mowing!

  11. Heidi Woods says:

    I appreciate the emphasis on caring for newly planted grass, very important

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your support, Heidi! Caring for newly planted grass is indeed crucial for a flawless lawn. Your appreciation means a lot. Stay tuned for more lawn care tips!

  12. Justin Mcdonalid says:

    My lawn has had tire tracks for a while, excited to try these fixes out

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Excited for you to try these fixes out and see your lawn looking flawless all year round! Happy mowing!

  13. Roland White says:

    Can I use a different tool instead of a spading fork to repair tire tracks?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Yes, you can use a shovel as an alternative to a spading fork to repair tire tracks on your lawn. Just make sure to follow the steps outlined in the blog post for the best results.

  14. Larry Butler says:

    I never knew about the importance of mowing patterns, very informative

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Larry! We’re glad you found the information on mowing patterns helpful in maintaining a flawless lawn. Let us know if you have any other questions or need further assistance.

  15. Jessie Byrd says:

    What should I do if I already have tire tracks in my lawn?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your comment, Jessie! To prevent tire tracks in your lawn, follow these tips: mow when dry, avoid tire spinning, use proper tire pressure, change mow patterns, water regularly, use less aggressive tires, loosen soil, water new grass properly, and reseed/sod as needed.

  16. Judith Morales says:

    Thanks for the step-by-step guide on fixing tire tracks, very useful

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your feedback, Judith! I’m glad you found the guide helpful. Let me know if you have any more questions about maintaining a pristine lawn.

  17. Alfred Peterson says:

    Great tips for maintaining a flawless lawn, thanks for sharing

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you, Alfred! I’m glad you found the tips helpful. Let me know if you have any questions or need more lawn care advice. Happy to help!

  18. David Rodriguez says:

    Do you have any advice for maintaining a healthy lawn throughout the year?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your inquiry, David! To maintain a healthy lawn year-round, mow when dry, avoid over-spinning tires, change patterns, water regularly, use less aggressive tires, and repair with soil/compost as needed. Best of luck!

  19. Lawrence Brooks says:

    Excellent demonstration videos, made the instructions very clear

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Lawrence, I’m thrilled that you found the demonstration videos helpful! Thank you for the positive feedback. Enjoy your tire-track-free lawn all year round with these tips. Happy mowing!

  20. Jenny Castro says:

    Can you recommend a good brand for less aggressive tires for a lawnmower?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      Thank you for your comment, Jenny! I recommend looking into less aggressive tire options from brands like X or Y for a lawnmower. Enjoy a pristine lawn all year round!

  21. Kylie Powell says:

    How can I check the tire pressure on my lawnmower?

    • Allard Vdhooft says:

      To check the tire pressure on your lawnmower, use a tire gauge to ensure they are at the recommended psi level. Proper tire pressure will help prevent tire tracks on your lawn.