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Where the Rubber Meets the Turf: Should You Park on Your Lawn?

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Parking on Lawn
A Last Resort...

With all due respect to Jeff Foxworthy, just because you park your car on your lawn doesn't necessarily mean that you are a redneck. In fact, whether to park on your lawn or not is a debate that keeps some homeowners up late at night pontificating.

A common problem that many homeowners are faced with is the lack of sufficient parking space in their driveway. This holds especially true for families with several kids of driving age. Not only is there not enough space for all of the cars, but having to move them around when someone is ready to leave is also troublesome.

Let's discuss the damaging effects of parking your vehicles on your lawn versus the benefits of having that extra space.
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Brown Grass and Leaky Tailpipes: Don't Park on Your Lawn

The first damaging effect that you will notice when you begin to park vehicles on your lawn is that your grass will begin to turn brown under the tires. This is because the tires cut off sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide from reaching the precious blades.

Another consideration that makes parking on your lawn damaging is that there will most likely be chemical leaks from various areas on your vehicle. Air conditioning refrigerant, motor oil, and dirty water will drain from the vehicle and have a deleterious effect on your lawn. But if you are dead set on parking your car on your lawn, let's take a look at some things you can do to minimize effects.

Minimize Lawn Damage from Parked Cars:

  • Move Around. One of the best things you can do to minimize lawn damage from parked cars is to constantly change where you park. This will allow pressed grass to heal itself.
  • Extra Watering. It will also help if you give affected areas plenty of extra water and fertilizer to help the grass return to its original lushness.
  • Drive a Motorcycle. Because a motorcycle has only two wheels, it only stands to reason that the damage to your lawn will only be half as bad.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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