STATEWIDE – Some lawns and driveways in Maine have seen better days. We spoke with a few local businesses and have some tips on how to get lawns and driveways back in order.
Many driveways and yards have thick divots with tire tracks left in the mud.
The owner of a local paving company said they already are extremely busy and it’s just the start of the season.
“We’ve had over 40 calls within the last 2 weeks … So that’s probably double than what it usually is,” said Paul Theriault, owner of Precision Paving.
He said the culprit is the weather.
“Some driveways that never heave are heaving now, so I think that’s where the calls are coming in,” Theriault said.
“The frost is an absolute killer … It heaves everything … It helps break pavement down,” said Drew Bailey, owner and operator of Bailey’s Lawn Care and Landscape.
Bailey, a local landscaper, said he isn’t busy yet but is getting his equipment ready.
“The phones are just starting to ring, get going now,” said Bailey.
He said lawns damaged from tires are harder to repair, but said if it’s a small section It can be easily fixed.
“If you’re just driving on a little portion of your lawn, you can grate it back out. Throw some seeds and straw on there just kind of let nature take its course and you should have your lawn come right back,” he said
One of the biggest problems he said he runs into is the gravel kicked up by the big plow trucks.
“The gravel will sit on top of the lawn and if it’s thick enough, it won’t allow the grass to grow at all,” said Bailey.
Sometimes those plow trucks can also rip up sections of people’s lawns.
“If we’ve done it with the plows, we’ll go out there and fix it. We’ll resod it, reseed it,” said Eric Willett, director of Bangor Public Works.
Other times, it is likely the homeowner who is to blame.
Regardless of what has caused the damage, the experts said it is better to get it fixed sooner rather than later.
“Get your driveway taken care of. Get it smoothed out. Get it rolled, compacted properly. And pitched properly,” Bailey said.