How to Level Your Lawn

A flat lawn is one that makes for a great playing field for the kids or the perfect venue for a cozy picnic with friends. Level yards also communicate neatness and care that really helps with curb appeal. Whatever your reason for wanting a more level lawn, know that this is a project well within your capabilities. You may be discouraged by the bumps and pockets that already exist on your property, but modifying your lawn to make it level and smooth isn’t as difficult as you might think. The steps in this article will explain how you can achieve the beautiful, flat lawn you’ve always wanted.

  1. Preparation
    A.) Make sure you have all of the materials needed to tackle this landscaping project. You will need a shovel, a wheelbarrow, a wide steel-headed rake, a 2×4 plank of wood, a level, soil, sand and compost. Ensure that you have a pair of work gloves to wear, as digging and pushing around a wheelbarrow can cause painful calluses.
    B.) The second part of your preparation is making sure that your soil is ready to be worked on. If it is hard, dry, and powdery, it’s best to water your lawn and wait a few days before beginning the leveling project. This is because moist soil is much easier to work with and will yield better results.
    C.) Lastly, survey your property and determine how much work you will need to do. This, of course, depends on the size of your yard and just how severe the hills and craters are. If it looks like too much work, it probably is. In that case, you would want to contact a landscaping company that could do the work for you, as they will have more manpower and equipment at their disposal than what is available to the average homeowner. Furthermore, keep in mind that many lawn care experts recommend creating a lawn that slightly slopes away from your home, as this helps with drainage.
  2. Removing Bumps
    To get rid of unsightly bumps, simply remove the piled dirt with your shovel. Discard this dirt, as you will not be using it to fill up the low spots on your lawn. Once the bump is removed, lay your 2×4 over the spot and place the level on top to check your work.
  3. Filling in Dips
    When filling in low spots on your lawn, you will want to use a mixture of two parts high-quality topsoil, one part compost and two parts sand. This will create a mixture that is both rich in nutrients and perfect for preventing the soil from being displaced, which could cause the dips to return to your yard. Use the steel-headed rake to help spread out and level the mixture, and once again use your 2×4 and level to double check.
    Next, compact the soil using your feet and the flat surfaces of the tools you have on hand to make sure it’s packed tight. Water the soil a bit and let it settle for about a week.
  4. Bringing Grass Back to Your Lawn
    Re-growing the grass that you had to remove or cover isn’t a difficult task if you follow directions well. Simply spread your grass seeds on the bare areas, either by hand or using a seed distributor. If you’re not sure what kind of seeds to purchase, ask an employee at the store where you are buying them. It’s important to get the right type of seeds for both your type of grass and local climate to ensure strong, healthy growth. After your seeds are down, apply a small amount of soil over them to discourage birds looking for a free meal. Pat the soil down and make sure to lightly water the seeds four times a day for the next two days.

Although it can take some patience to see the finished product in all of its beauty, leveling your yard is by no means an impossible task for the average homeowner to complete. Leveling a lawn can actually be a great beginner project for homeowners who are just becoming familiar with lawn care and landscaping practices, and who want to take more control over their yards. Now that you have a smooth and uniform outdoor space, the possibilities as to how to enjoy it are endless!