Levelling Low Spots in your Lawn

Levelling low spots in your lawn can make all the difference in turning a nice-looking lawn into a beautiful lawn. The trouble with low spots is that they collect water and form puddles which can bring about fungus or mold. However, levelling the low spots in your lawn is nothing that a little hard labour couldn’t solve.

The best time to get around to this project is at the end of summer or early fall when the ground is softer and easier to manipulate. There are two avenues to explore when levelling a low spot on your lawn.

Top Dressing Method

Top dressing is a mixture of topsoil, sand, and peat. The top dressing is spread to fill in the hollows, bringing them up to the level of the rest of the lawn. After creating this soil mixture, shovel just enough into the low spots so that the grass blades are still poking out.

Allow the grass to grow through the mixture. This will encourage the grass to use the new soil to sprout new and deeper roots. This process is a slow one and, depending on how deep the hole is, it may need to be repeated over several seasons to make your lawn completely level.

Fill and Patch Method

The second method to levelling low spots in your lawn is the “fill and patch” method. Filling and patching involves a four-step procedure. First, take a flat shovel and cut an outline through the soil about three or four inches deep around the hole you want to fill.

Second, gently roll back the soil like you would roll up a carpet. If the outline is large, you may need to cut the outline into manageable pieces. You also may need to use a bit of muscle to uproot some of the grass. Make sure the grass carpet remains intact. Set the grass carpet aside.

Third, fill the hole with high-grade topsoil or some top dressing mixture until the hole is level with the rest of the lawn.

Compact this soil using your feet or a lawn roller to the density of the rest of the lawn. This would normally happen naturally with watering. By doing it yourself now, you avoid the process needing to be repeated later.

Finally, take the grass carpet and roll it back over the fresh soil. Be sure that the soil is completely covered to prevent any grassless strips. Press down the sod and water it well. This method is sometimes preferable to the top-dressing option because it is quicker. However, neither choice always yields perfect results and additional work may be needed.

Whichever way you choose to level the low spots in your lawn, be sure that it will improve the overall look of your lawn for years to come.

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