How Level is Your Lawn?

One of the most important aspects of laying a new lawn or keeping an existing lawn in good condition is how level it is.

A level lawn is something that not only makes it easier to maintain but also adds that touch of scope to your garden. An uneven lawn can give the appearance of not being as big as it actually is and likewise a levelled lawn can look longer or bigger in size than it is, giving the impression of addition size.

Ensuring a good Level

A good way of ensuring your lawn is level is to carry out a few simple tasks before laying a turf lawn or a new grass lawn.

With both a turf and grass lawn the area to be used should be raked over thoroughly before any turf is laid or any seeds planted. A good solid rake is a must for this job and once you have completed it you should find yourself with a pile of debris and stones that need to be removed, which otherwise, left in the ground would cause small bumps and hills.

Once you have raked the area to be grassed or laid with turf it should then be rolled out with a roller or firmed in by foot – this is a good way of exposing any soft areas of soil which can then be levelled out again using the rake.

Indeed it may be necessary to layer a new level of soil at this point to ensure a level surface on which to plant seed or lay turf and this is a process that is carried out in the same way as you would simply rake the original soil out flat – this is known as top-dressing.

The Importance of a Level Lawn

Levelling a lawn not only provides scope and size to your lawn but it also makes the lawn that little bit easier to maintain once it has been fully established.

An uneven lawn can be difficult to mow with any type of mower especially one with a horizontal blade. Unevenness in your lawn can lead to what is known as scalping; when the horizontal blade of the mower tears out chunks of grass as opposed to evenly cutting it.

In some instances, with a turf lawn, it may be necessary to relay certain areas that are uneven. You can peg these areas off with pegs and string and cut them out of the lawn and then add a layer of soil underneath – again this is called top-dressing – and then replace the sods of turf that have been removed. The idea here is that the additional level of soil becomes part of what has been underneath it previously and adds that bit of height.

Whatever method you plan to use to level out your lawn it is important to remember that there will be occasions throughout the life of your lawn where issues of flatness will raise their head.

These can be caused by the compacting of soil underneath if there is a heavy volume of human traffic over the lawn. Consider laying a path through the lawn, especially if the lawn is used to pass to a pond or a patio area.

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