The Q&A Archives: Rough Lawn

Question: In 1999 I built on a 3 acre vacant farm field which had been sitting for years. I work the soil well and used a Rockhound and some hand raking to level before seeding. The entire yard has gotten extremely rough over the years. There are dips and humps alll over the back part. I aerate often to keep soil loose and to help with thatch. What is my best option for smoothing out the lawn. I am considering aerating heavily and rake the loose soil or, get a power rake and work it lightly and overseeding. I have read that another option is to add topsoil and grade out smooth. ( alot for 3 acres) Which would be most economical but yet effective?

Answer: Power raking would be the most econimical strategy; adding topsoil to the low spots would be the next. With either, you'll want to overseed. So it comes down to how much labor you want to invest. If you have the time and energy, rent a power rake. You can then even out the low spots by raking the higher areas into the lower areas.

Best wishes with your huge, huge project!

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