Areas of a lawn can become uneven over time, due to â€œsettlingâ€ and other factors. In the least extreme cases, you will want to solve the problem by â€œtopdressing,â€ which allows you to level out yourÂ lawn. Is this problem new to you? If you have never experienced it, you may need a brief introduction to it â€” and its solution â€” in order to understand what it is all about. The following exchange between a reader of my Landscaping website and aÂ lawn care expertÂ atÂ Timberline Outdoor ServicesÂ provides a case study that will help bring you up to speed.\n\n
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Areas of a lawn can become uneven over time, due to “settling” and other factors. In the least
extreme cases, you will want to solve the problem by “topdressing,” which allows you to level
out your lawn. Is this problem new to you? If you have never experienced it, you may need a
brief introduction to it — and its solution — in order to understand what it is all about. The
following exchange between a reader of my Landscaping website and a lawn care
expert at Timberline Outdoor Services provides a case study that will help bring you up to
The Problem: Low Spots Develop in a Lawn, Making the
Reader, Springtime writes, “I have a lawn that was put on over a ledge where the house was
build in 2006. Now the lawn is very uneven with dips in the surface that can twist your ankle
while walking. The grass is in bad shape too and looks dead in places. One side of the lawn is
sloping. What should I do?”
The Landscaping Brighton Township has given answer to this question bellow:
The Solution: How Bad Are Those Low Spots?
Most of us enjoy our turf grass lawns as a great foundation for outdoor activity. Maintaining our
lawns properly is very important, in part, to ensure safe and enjoyable outdoor activity. A lawn
needs to be smooth to avoid injuries that might be caused from stepping on an uneven surface.
Your grass is the “floor” of an outdoor living space, and floors need to provide stability.
A level and even lawn is also easier to maintain. Who wants to mow a lawn with low spots in it,
Not only is it uncomfortable (as when you drive your car over potholes), but it can also cause
you to scalp the grass (because, as the mower drops down when the tires pass over low spots, the
level of the mower blade also drops, plunging into the higher spots and cutting the grass there
much too low).
So what is the solution to the problem of low spots? It really depends on the severity: are we
talking about some minor depressions, extreme cratering, or something in between? The solution
differs accordingly, which is why the response must be broken up into three parts, which we will
term Methods 1, 2, and 3: Landscaping Lawn Brighton MI.
Topdressing the low spots works well for leveling mildly uneven areas; it is the least invasive
approach. Here is what to do:
1. According to the Lawn Care Brighton Township, in a wheelbarrow or similar container,
mix up a batch of topsoil, sand, and compost — basically, a soil medium that can support
2. Apply 1/2 inch of this soil mixture on top of the low areas. Do not make it deeper than
that, because this approach must be gradual, so that you do not smother the grass.
3. Rake the topdressing to spread it out evenly.
4. With a push-broom, work the soil mixture in between the blades of grass as thoroughly as
5. Monitor the progress in the area. Eventually, you should see just grass, no dirt (assuming
there were no bare spots before you began the process of topdressing). If it is still uneven,
keep repeating these steps until it is level. If the spot is level now, then you are done.
But if you had bare spots in the area before you started topdressing it, you will have to overseed
for the Lawn Service Brighton Township.
Method 2 — Leveling Out a Moderately Uneven Lawn:
“Sweeping the Dirt Under the Carpet”
The topdressing process described above takes time to work. What if you have a few really low
spots in your lawn? Obviously, topdressing would not be very effective, because (since you have
to proceed 1/2 inch at a time) you would be waiting forever. Yet, since, it is only a few low spots
that we are talking about, there would be no need to take the kinds of drastic measures described
in Method 3. Fortunately, there is an lawn care intermediate method. I call it “sweeping the dirt
under the carpet,” because you are essentially picking up sod (the carpet) and putting dirt under
it. This method works as follows:
1. Remove the sod over the low spot (if the area is bigger than 1 foot square, cut out
multiple chunks, since a piece of sod greater than 1 foot square is hard to move around
without breaking) and set it aside.
2. Shovel enough topsoil into the hole that, once you replace the sod, the area will be even.
3. As you shovel the soil into the hole, add water. This will remove air pockets. The last
thing you want is for the sod to settle after you have finished — which would defeat the
whole purpose of the project.
4. Replace the sod and water the grass.
Method 3 — How to Level Out a Lawn That Looks Like a
Finally, we come to the most extreme end of the spectrum. Is your lawn so littered with craters
that it looks like the surface of the moon? If the uneven areas are substantial enough and
numerous enough that neither topdressing nor the sweep-the-dirt-under-the-carpet method will
solve the problem, then you may need to do a more major renovation by regrading the area and
establishing a new stand of turfgrass. To accomplish this, you need to take the same steps that
you would take to establish a new lawn, except that you are applying these steps to a smaller