Leveling Sod - Knowledgebase Question

Panama City Beach, Fl
Question by clarksn4
March 3, 2011
Last year the town Put new sewers in and when they replaced the Bermuda sod the didn't do any leveling of the ground. I have rolled it almost every time it rains hard to no avail. Does anyone know how to get the soil level with the sod already in place? I really don't want to do this by hand.


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Answer from NGA
March 3, 2011

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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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