They say the grass is always greener on the other side, and that is because the other side has a leveled lawn. By leveling your lawn, you too can have a picturesque lawn surface that is not only safer for grass activities but also one that grows well throughout the seasons. Many yards can achieve a level surface in a one-weekend do-it-yourself project, especially those that are gently sloped without major impediments.
The vigorous growth seasons in the spring and summer offer the best opportunities for filling low sections of lawn. In preparation for leveling, check the water level of your soil. If the soil is dry or hard, water deeply a few days before you begin your project. You will want to have moist, not wet and heavy, soil for easy leveling.
To begin, you will need to clear the area of obstructing objects such as tree stumps and large rocks. Gather smaller rocks into piles using a wide headed rake to cover as much handle as possible with the least amount of effort. For the larger unwanted objects, try using a shovel or a Rotavator to gain extra strength. Once you gather a few piles, use a shovel and wheelbarrow to haul away the debris.
Remove weeds and vegetation that is not necessary to your landscaping goals. For stubborn weeds, try using an organic weed killer available at your local hardware store. It is important that you have a clear space to level and grade so that you can finish your project easily and with as little stress as possible.
Once you have cleared your lawn, use your wide headed rake to smooth out your surface. This process will also facilitate the leveling process. If you have any low pockets or areas of your yard, add some of the existing soil from higher areas to create a more even surface layer.
Most lawns will need additional fillers for ruts and low areas. Depending on the type of grass you plan to grow and your region, there are several different options available such as various mixtures of topsoil, compost, and sand. Spread your mixture evenly making sure that your surface layer can drain easily while also retaining a water level that prevents plants from drying out.
After you have achieved a level surface area, spread a light layer of fertilizer and water deeply. As the soils settle over the next few weeks, you may notice areas of your lawn have lowered. Simple spread more of your topsoil mixture to maintain a level surface area and enjoy.