The Q&A Archives: Back Yard leveling

Question: I am looking for an easy (if there is such a thing) and hopfully inexpensive (again if there is such a thing) way to level an uneven yard. My back yard looks good because I mow it slowly. If I go to fast the mower starts to hop. I had a service come out to estimate but they wanted to start from scratch by tilling and seeding. I dont think its that bad that it requires a full rehab. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance, Rick

Answer: Probably the least expensive solution is to spread top soil over the low spots to help level the yard. You can spread it right over any grass that is growing in these areas. The grass will eventually grow through the topsoil. If you want it to green up sooner you can broadcast grass seeds over the top soil. I've tackled a similar project and it isn't too difficult except for hauling the top soil (I used a wheelbarrow). I used a shovel to drop soil over the low spots, raked it around and then checked the level by dragging a 6' 2"X4" over the lawn. When I was satisfied I had filled in all the holes and ruts, I reseeded, sprinkled a thin layer of peat moss over the reseeded areas to help keep the grass seeds moist. Grass will sprout in 7-10 days if kept from drying out. In 4-6 weeks your lawn should look great.

Best wishes with your lawn!

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