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How do you level a lawn?

Oct 5

 

There is nothing more frustrating when it comes to mowing your lawn than trying to maneuver over bumps and lumps. A level lawn is not only beautiful and easier to maintain, but it also has some other benefits.

 

If your garden has problems with drainage or waterlogging, leveling and grading your lawn can help to encourage water flow away from the property while allowing more water to be absorbed and adding nutrients. 

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What causes uneven lawns?

There are many ways your lawn can become uneven or bumpy. Here are the most common culprits.

 

Animals

Animals, from the cats in your neighborhood to the foxes that are looking for food and pesky foxes out hunting for it, can cause uneven lawns.

 

Nightcrawlers

These huge earthworms can cause problems when you try to maintain your lawn. These tiny invertebrates can move between 20 to 25 tons of soil per acre to the surface each year. To prevent them from becoming a problem, keep your soil's pH low.

 

Waterlogging

The weather can make your lawn look unkempt in winter. If surface water is allowed to sit on your lawn, it can cause irreparable damage. This is why it is important to get your drainage in order.

Preparing for the leveling of your lawn

There are solutions for uneven lawns that have too many dips. The lawn must be thoroughly inspected before work begins to determine how much needs to be leveled and whether there are drainage issues. Sometimes, drainage problems or broken water pipes can lead to uneven ground. Check out more detail about Lawn Care and Maintaining Tools.

 

Low spots and drainage issues should be checked

Ask for professional advice if you notice low spots near water pipes. It is best to level the lawn and re-grade it if drainage issues are found. This will create a slope away from your property that aids drainage and prevents flooding. You can also install an underground drainage system using gravel or flexible pipes. Other reasons for bumps or hollows include wear and tear and mole damage, drought, and frost.

 

Pre-water your lawn for leveling

The lawn will need to be watered several days before it is to be leveled. It is important to not overwater, as wet soil can make it just as difficult to work in as dry soil.

When should you level your lawn?

Spring is the best season to begin repairs. This is because the grass is actively growing and frosts are gone. This will allow grass seeds to grow while the soil settles. There are two types of leveling: one for shallow low spots and another for low spots that are deeper than 2-3 cms.