How to Level Out an Uneven Lawn
There’s nothing more frustrating than a bumpy and uneven lawn. Learn how to level out an uneven lawn with these tips!
There are different reasons why a lawn can become uneven and bumpy over time. It could be from animals, kids digging, drainage issues, soil settlement, and natural or unnatural causes. For some, it can be easily fixed by topdressing with a thin layer of leveling mix, specifically if the unevenness isn’t too deep. However, if unevenness appears next to water pipes, the main cause might be drainage issues or damaged pipes, in which we recommend that you consult a professional.
If there are small holes in your lawn due to your pets digging, you can fill it with soil and cover it the healthy grass. It’s like sweeping under the carpet. Experts say that there are three simple methods you could choose from when you need to level your lawn.
Minor Leveling With Topdressing Method
Topdressing is one of the methods of leveling out an uneven lawn. It’s a mix of topsoil, compost, and fine sand (play sand). Keep in mind that it shouldn’t contain mulch or plant debris because it can smother the grass. The typical mixture is 40-40-20. 40% sand, 40% topsoil, and 20% compost.
- The first step is to mix all three in a tub or wheelbarrow with a shovel. Mix until they are fully blended with the soil.
- Next is to apply half-inch of leveling mix on top of the low areas. Make sure to spread it out evenly using a rake.
- Using a push broom, brush the grass back and forth. This will work the leveling mix down.
- Next is to water the area lightly. Do not overwater as this can wash away the leveling mix.
- Last is to observe the progress in the area. If the lawn is still uneven, repeat the process until it is even.
Sweeping the Dirt Under the Carpet Method
It’s called sweeping the dirt under the carpet because it’s picking up turf and potting soil or dirt under it. It works for small sunken areas with healthy grass.
- Using a flat spade or manual lawn edger, cut through the turf of the sunken area. Minimize root damage by making a clean, vertical cut.
- Carefully pick up the turf patch, make sure to avoid damaging the roots, and set it aside.
- Fill the hole with potting soil and water the soil to remove air pockets.
- Place back the turf patch and press it back with your hand, then water the grass.
- Last is to observe the progress and water as needed.
Leveling Deeply Sunken Lawn Areas
The solution to this problem is to fill these holes with a good soil mix and start over with new grass seed. Compact the soil gently by walking on it and water it lightly. Prepare the seed following the product’s instructions.
These are the three methods on how to level out an uneven lawn. Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.
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