How To Keep Your Dumpster From Ruining Your Lawn

Your front yard isn't the most ideal place to park a rented dumpster, but it may be the only available spot if you can't use your driveway or street curb. Your dumpster can do a number on the underlying grass, so the name of the game is "damage control" when it comes to preserving and restoring your landscaping. The following offers a few tips you can use to minimize the damage your dumpster causes to your lawn.

Consider Downsizing Your Dumpster

The larger the dumpster, the heavier it'll be and the more damage it'll cause to grassy areas. Before you rent your dumpster, you should give plenty of thought as to exactly how much dumpster you'll really need for your project. This usually depends on the overall size and scope of your renovation project and how much material you'll need to discard. For instance, you might be able to get away with using a smaller dumpster when renovating a single room. If you're renovating your entire home, however, you may need as much capacity as you can get your hands on.

Pick a Not-So-Grassy Area

You may be forced to park a dumpster right on your lawn, but at least you can choose precisely where it'll spend its time until the next pickup. Try scouting for areas of your lawn with a harder surface and less vegetation. Another ideal area is one that's lined with gravel instead of grass, as this type of surface is more likely to withstand the weight of your dumpster without leaving behind any damage.

Lay Down Some Plywood for Added Protection

As you fill your dumpster, the weight increase can cause it to sink further into the ground. The effect can be far more pronounced if your lawn is composed of unusually soft soil. Not only does this place the ground underneath your dumpster under extreme compaction, but you'll also risk leaving behind deep ruts and divots.

To keep these problems from happening, it's a good idea to lay down several sheets of plywood where you'll place your dumpster. The plywood will help distribute some of the dumpster's weight, lessening the likelihood of the dumpster sinking as it's filled up. The hard surface also prevents ruts from forming underneath the dumpster, leaving your lawn in slightly better shape once the dumpster's gone.

Make Your Dumpster's Stay a Short One

The longer your dumpster sits in its current spot, the more damage it'll cause to your lawn due to lack of sunlight and soil compaction. To minimize the damage being caused to your lawn, you'll want to make your dumpster's stay as short as possible. If you're lucky, the damage may be limited to a minor matting of the area directly underneath where the dumpster once resided.

More serious damage could come in the form of yellowed or paling grass. However, the grass should quickly return to its lush green color if yellowing was the farthest extent of the damage. Completely brown grass or bald patches, on the other hand, should be repaired using new seed or new sod as soon as possible.

Try Aeration for Faster Lawn Regeneration

Your lawn will have a difficult recovery ahead of it due to the compacted soil left behind by your dumpster. Soil aeration can help speed up the recovery process by breaking up and injecting well-needed oxygen into the compacted soil. Hand tools can be used to aerate the soil, but a specialized machine offers faster and more professional results. If all else fails, then you may need to remove the dead grass and other debris in the immediate area where the dumpster once stood and either lay new sod or spread new seed in the area.

Hopefully these tips will help you keep any dumpster you happen to rent for your next renovation project from doing a number on your grass lawn. For more tips on renting a dumpster and where to put it, talk with a professional dumpster service, such as Dump Rite Dumpsters.