Lawns were once a symbol of wealth. The only people who had lawns could afford groundskeepers who could hand-trim the grass, because lawn mowers had not been invented. These vast spaces would also have to be watered, and without modern irrigation, this could be a challenge. With modern conveniences, however, lawns have become almost ubiquitous for gardeners. Not only do these expanses of green cool the atmosphere, they provide habitat for earthworms that pulverize the soil. This makes it absorb water more easily and retain nutrients. But, what about those situations in which you have to park on your lawn? What kind of lawn maintenance do you need to follow to keep your garden in good shape?
Issues With Parking
First of all, check with your city codes and make sure you are allowed to park on your lawn. Quite often, there are restrictions that keep vehicles on pavement only. If you will not receive a ticket for parking on the grass, then keep some of the following potential problems in mind.
- Weight: The weight of a vehicle will severely compress the soil. This will eventually create unsightly ruts in the soil. To keep this from happening, you may want to prepare for temporary parking in that space by putting down pavers, or even pouring tracks for the tyres of the vehicle to rest upon. This will help to reduce the amount of mud created by the wear and tear of the vehicle. Once you are ready to convert that spot back into lawn space, you may have trouble getting grass to grow there. You’ll have to break up the soil and amend it to
- Friction: Another problem you may encounter when you park your van on the lawn is wear and tear on the grass from friction. Just the friction of your feet rubbing on the ground as you get into and out of the car will kill the grass and create an unsightly trail. Once again, you can e ahead of the problem by anticipating this damage, and installing a walkway. This will be attractive, and take away the temporary look of parking on the grass.
- Fuel: Most vehicles leak some kind of fluid. This will be a real problem, because it will soak into the soil and poison it. When you park on concrete, these fluids soak into the concrete and spare the soil beneath. If you’re not careful, you may get into an abatement issue with prolonged parking. Repair any leaks, or pave the area, rather than allowing it to become contaminated.
Taking Care of Grass
Grass requires water and sun for growth. If you are parking in one place predominantly, you may want to plant a low light grass in that area that will not suffer as much from loss of sunlight. Fertilize it and water it just as you would the rest of your lawn. Your lawn maintenance company may have other suggestions.