The Q&A Archives: Lumpy lawn

Question: For some reason, my lawn really turned lumpy, or clumpy if this is the right description, since last summer. First, how can I repair it for a reasonable cost (out of work like lots of others)? Second, what do I need to do to prevent this for happening again? Thank you.

Answer: Poor drainage is the usual cause - freezing and thawing is another. You can smooth things out by applying topsoil in small doses. Use a half an inch at a time, spreading or sprinking onto the lawn and waiting for the grass to grow through. Once it has, spread another half inch and smooth it over the lawn. After the grass grows through the second time, you can spread another half inch over the lawn. I use a fertilizer spreader to broadcast the topsoil and then a 2 by 4 with a rope attached to drag the topsoil over the lawn. It will even out a little more each time you apply topsoil and drag the 2 x 4 over the lawn. Good luck with your projcet!

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