Uneven patches of lawn can not only be unsightly to the proud gardener but they can be a hazard for pets, children and anyone who suddenly steps into a gnarly patch or unseen dip. Fortunately, smoothing out those low spots is a simple process and will reward you with a good looking lawn free from dips and rises.
Before you start work, however, make sure you have everything you’re going to need readily on hand. You’ll need a good square nosed shovel to spread the lawn mix and a solid bow (or straight garden) rake for leveling. You’re also going to want to get yourself a bucket or two for the first spread mixture of sand and compost. When you’re shopping for the sand, be sure to choose an orange sand rather than a river or playground sand. While the other two won’t hurt your lawn, the darker sand will be finer and will carry some nutritive value for your lawn, so it will work harder and smarter than a sterile sand that will only act as filler.
Leveling and Smoothing
The mix will fill in the uneven surfaces of the holes, and you are going to rake it level with the lawn surface to even up low spots and let the lawn grow through evenly. The sand aids the flow of the mixture, so spread the mix out well across the area you are looking to level and be sure to rake the mix level in all the holes. Then you’ll want to leave it for a while to settle. You can damp it a touch if you wish, but don’t fully wet it. After a few hours, repeat the spreading and leveling process with a high-quality topsoil. We recommend not going with the commercially available bags, but investing in a high quality product from a local nursery to get the best match for your area and the best quality for your bucks. Let it settle again before treating it to one last spreading and raking with a good compost.
Invest Time Now & Get a Magnificent Lawn Later
It may seem tedious to take this in three stages, but it’s the single best way to ensure that you won’t be re-doing the job in a few weeks when the soil settles. Additionally, this particular technique of layering sand and compost (an easy filler material to level the landscape yet with nutritive value); a high quality topsoil (providing all the benefits) and a final compost dressing (treating the whole area to further nutritive value) will boost fast re-growth in the low lying areas and have your lawn leveled and growing healthily far faster. It’s better to invest a little time now to bring out the best in your lawn.
Leveling a lawn is a simple process, but with some extra care and attention to the process and the components you use, you can ensure a long lasting, polished result that will give you a lawn to be proud of.
Here is a video created by Bill from Show Place Lawns showing you how he levels uneven spots in a lawn.