How to Fix Lawn Lumps and Bumps

Learn how to repair lawn depressions and hollows with this step-by-step guide. 

Related To:
replace turf

replace turf

replace turf

Materials Needed

  • spade
  • soil
  • broom
  • rake

Step 1: Cut Surface

Use a Spade Laid Parallel to Soil to Life Sod

Use a Spade Laid Parallel to Soil to Life Sod

A large depression in a lawn needs to be filled. Cut through the surface of the sod, making a cross shape on the grass. Using a spade, slide it under one corner of the turf.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Cut through the surface, making a cross shape on the grass. Using a spade laid parallel to the soil, slide it under one corner of turf.

Step 2: Lift Sod

Lift Corners of Sod and Fold Back to Soil Surface

Lift Corners of Sod and Fold Back to Soil Surface

Repeat by lifting the other three corners of the turf and gently folding them back onto the soil surface, taking care not to break any of the squares.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Repeat, lifting the four corners of the turf and gently folding them back onto the soil surface, taking care not to break any of them as you do so.

Step 3: Add Soil

Add Soil to Hollow and Level Before Replacing Sod

Add Soil to Hollow and Level Before Replacing Sod

Spread lawn patching soil into the open low lying areas of lawn before replacing sod.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Add some soil to the hollow, using your hand to fill the dip, and level off the surface of the soil. Add more topsoil as necessary until it is level.

Step 4: Lay Turf

Brush Topsoil Between Joints Helping Sod Knit Back

Brush Topsoil Between Joints Helping Sod Knit Back

Replace the turf, and firm back into place with the back of a rake. Brush more topsoil in between the cracks to help knit the turf back together.

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Replace the turf, and firm back into place with the back of the rake. Brush some more topsoil in between the cracks to help the turf knit together.

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