How to Create a Level Lawn

Create a level lawn and prevent future problems with this step-by-step landscaping guide to remove bumps and hollows.

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4. Fill in all hollows.

Fork over the soil to a depth of 2 inches (5 cm) to break up any compaction or large clods. Remove any large stones. After digging, tread it down lightly, otherwise it will sink again after repairing.

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5. Choose a good quality top-dressing.

Fill each hollow until it is level with the surrounding soil. Rake it over to break the soil down to a fine tilth, and then add more if necessary. Add a pre-seeder fertilizer to the soil.

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6. Gently fold back the flaps of turf.

Firm each one down by tamping it with the back of a rake. Start at the edges of the square and work your way into the center. Do a final check to ensure that the ground is now level.

Sod FirmationEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover © 2012 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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