uneven lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Eden Prairie, Mi
Question by jaymcnab
May 21, 2009
lawn is very bumpy, have hard clay like soil - suspect either moles or earthworms - can see evidence of both - grass is OK but could be better- what to do


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Answer from NGA
May 21, 2009

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I would be inclined to rent an aerator and go over the entire lawn. A core aerator will remove one inch by three inch plugs from the lawn. Leave the plugs on the lawn and they will dissolve in rain or water from the sprinklers. After aerating spread a thin layer of sand or compost over the area and water it in well. The sand or compost plus the soil from the plugs will work their way down into the holes left by the plugs. You can then overseed your entire lawn. With this improved drainage and room for the roots to expand, your turf should grow thick and lush. Enjoy!

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