An uneven yard is unattractive and a possible health hazard that can cause falls and sprained ankles.
There are several causes of unevenness on your yard, including:
- Lawn pests
- Drainage issues
- Leaking underground pipes
However, none of the causes needs to derail your efforts to have an even and attractive yard.
Before you start leveling the surface of your yard, you need to establish the real cause of the problem to prevent any likelihood of recurrence in the future.
You can follow the steps below to level your yard without killing the grass and turn into the lush landscape you have always desired.
Mow Your Lawn
You can begin the leveling process by mowing your lawn to the appropriate height. Please do not cut it to a height that will make the grass blades visible and susceptible to drying out.
Dethatch as Necessary
After establishing the amount of thatch, you need to dethatch to acceptable levels of up half an inch. Thatch of more than the acceptable height prevents the grass on your yard from receiving adequate water and air.
You can use a thatch rake or a dethatching machine.
Make a Top Dressing Mix
After dethatching as necessary, you need to fill the areas below the sunken areas using a mixture of compost, sand and topsoil.
The sand helps in maintaining the level of the yard because it takes time to be compacted—the soil and the compost supply necessary nutrients for the grass in your yard to grow healthy.
If there are spots deeper than two inches, you should remove the grass before filling the holes. After filling the holes with the top-dressing mix, put the grass into place on top of the mix.
Ensure you evenly spread the top dressing mix across the low spots in your yard.
If you accidentally cover the grass blades, the grass might die due to deprivation of light. Therefore, you need to follow up with a push broom to work the mix into the soil and to expose the blades to light.