Maintaining a beautiful lawn takes some patience and knowledge.
It can happen that for some reason your lawn becomes uneven and needs levelling out. A bumpy or otherwise uneven lawn not only doesn’t look great but also becomes more difficult to maintain and mow. Plus, this problem leads to draining difficulties and other issues over time. Here are some things you should know and tool recommendations before you start improving your lawn.
What equipment is necessary?
Depending on the problem, you may need different tools for levelling out your lawn. A high-quality lawn levelling rake is definitely one of them, as it helps create an even surface by removing stones, getting rid of soil clumps, and distributing all the materials. Other equipment you will probably need includes:
- Hand rake
- Leaf rake
There may be other equipment that you will need, but these are the basic tools you can use for different purposes.
Steps to take to make your lawn even
The way you approach levelling out your lawn depends on the severity of the problem. However, there are general guidelines that can help you do the job.
Properly mow the lawn and examine the grass
Before you start adding any soil, mow the lawn so you can examine the state of the grass and how much thatch you have at the roots. If you have too much decayed grass, which is over half an inch, use a thatch rake over the lawn to remove it. While it’s normal to have some thatch, too much will negatively affect the ability of the grass to grow. The reason is that air and water cannot penetrate through thick thatch. Besides a thatch rake, you can buy or rent a dethatching machine.
Create a top dressing for sunken areas
If you notice that some areas of your lawn have sunk, it’s time to create a mix of compost, sand, and topsoil. The proportions can change, but the usual rule is to use one part of compost to two parts of topsoil and sand. The mix should be used right under the grass in the areas that are lower than the normal level of your lawn.
Fill in the sunken areas
If you have sunken spots that are several inches deep, remove the grass before you fill them. Use a shovel of an appropriate size to dig outside a sunken area. It’s important that you don’t dig too deep but just enough to take off about 2-3 inches beneath the roots. Once you remove some grass with a shovel, you can generously fill the hole with the mix of compost, sand, and soil. After that, you can place the removed grass on top of the soil.
Use the soil mixture on the entire surface
When you don’t have any low areas in your lawn, you can use a rake to spread a soil mix layer across the lawn. It’s important not to use a layer that is too thick because the grass you already have won’t be able to grow. You can push the grass around using a rake so that the mixture can fill out any small areas that may be low. After that, you can use a broom or a rake to get rid of the excess soil and reveal the grass.
Water the lawn
Once the process is complete, you should water your lawn as this helps all the soil that you used to settle in. Also, watering your lawn after levelling it out using the compost and soil allows all the valuable ingredients in them to be released and start nourishing the grass. You can add soil after several days if you notice that there are still some sunken areas present.
Achieve a perfect lawn on your own
When the problem is not too severe, it is certainly possible to solve it using simple equipment and without any specialists.