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By Garry Lusk

June 19 2024

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Step-by-Step Guide to Achieving a Smooth and Even Lawn Surface

 

A bumpy or uneven lawn not only detracts from its aesthetic appeal but also creates challenges for mowing and maintenance. Learn how to level your lawn effectively to create a more enjoyable outdoor space. For comprehensive guidance on preparing and laying turf, visit Lilydale Instant Lawn’s Turf Preparation Guide.

 

How to Level a Lawn

Follow these steps to level your lawn and achieve a smooth, even surface:

  • Assess the Terrain: Identify areas of your lawn that are uneven or bumpy. Walk around the lawn to pinpoint high spots, low spots, and areas with poor drainage.
  • Prepare the Soil: Remove debris, rocks, and other obstacles from the lawn surface. Trim overgrown grass and vegetation to ensure an even base for leveling.
  • Topdressing: Apply a layer of washed sand to low spots and depressions in the lawn. Use a rake or leveling tool to spread the topdressing evenly across the surface.
  • Leveling: Use a lawn roller or leveling rake to distribute the sand evenly and level out the lawn surface. Work methodically from one end of the lawn to the other, focusing on areas that require the most attention. Never completely cover the leaf of the lawn, allow some to show and allow absorption of sunlight.

 

How to Level a Lawn by Hand

If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you can level your lawn using simple tools and techniques:

  • Raking: Use a garden rake to distribute washed sand across the lawn surface. Rake back and forth in a crisscross pattern to ensure even coverage.
  • Dragging: Attach a piece of chain-link fencing or a weighted drag mat to the back of a lawn tractor or ATV. Drag the implement across the lawn surface to smooth out bumps and distribute topdressing.
  • Manual Leveling: For small areas or spot leveling, use a hand trowel or shovel to spread topsoil and fill in low spots. Compact the soil gently with your feet or a tamper to create a firm, level surface.

 

Tips for Leveling a Lawn

Consider these additional tips to achieve optimal results when leveling your lawn:

  • Use Quality Washed Sand: Choose a washed sand or leveling mix that is free from rocks, debris, and weed seeds.
  • Avoid Overloading: Apply topdressing in thin, even layers to avoid smothering existing lawn leaf.
  • Watering: After leveling, water the lawn thoroughly to help settle the sand and promote grass growth.

 

How to Level a Lawn Before Laying Turf

If you're planning to lay turf on your lawn, proper leveling is essential for ensuring a successful installation:

  • Preparation: Level the lawn surface as described above, paying close attention to areas where turf will be laid.
  • Compaction: After leveling, use a lawn roller or compacting tool to firm up the soil and create a stable base for turf installation.
  • Final Check: Once the lawn is levelled and compacted, perform a final inspection to ensure the surface is smooth and even.

For comprehensive guidance on preparing and laying turf, visit Lilydale Instant Lawn’s Turf Preparation Guide.

Transform your uneven lawn into a smooth, inviting outdoor space with these expert tips on leveling!