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MLMIB 03-27-2012 08:49 PM

how to level out a bumpy lawn
 
I killed, tilled, rolled and planted grass last fall. I'm finding it's a bit bumpy this year some how. How do I address this? Can I just sprinkle some loose dirt into the low spots to try and level it at?

Any other techniques? I'm would like to avoid anything destructive.

thanks!

TarheelTerp 03-27-2012 09:00 PM

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Originally Posted by MLMIB (Post 886943)
Can I just sprinkle some loose dirt into the low spots to try and level it at?

and expect to do a bit of this every year in the future as well

MLMIB 03-27-2012 09:12 PM

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Originally Posted by TarheelTerp (Post 886951)
and expect to do a bit of this every year in the future as well

is this because I won't actually fix the problem or because new bumps will show up every year?

cleveman 03-27-2012 09:22 PM

I think you want to aerate and roll every fall and spring. Do it at the right time when it is moist, but not wet, and maybe go in different directions?

user1007 03-28-2012 04:42 AM

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Originally Posted by cleveman (Post 886962)
I think you want to aerate and roll every fall and spring. Do it at the right time when it is moist, but not wet, and maybe go in different directions?

This is the approach to take. You will want to fill in really deep spots though. And do not weigh down the roller more than you have to so that you compact the soil more than necessary to even it out.

In freezing climates the soil heaves and creates those bumpy areas.

TarheelTerp 03-28-2012 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by MLMIB
is this ...because new bumps will show up every year?

Yes. The over winter frost heaves among other causes.

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Originally Posted by cleveman (Post 886962)
I think you want to aerate and roll every fall...

Agreed mostly... (along with some lime and seed).
but when doing this the aer(ator IS the roller and it shouldn't be needed EVERY year).

user1007 03-28-2012 09:04 AM

I would invest $15 in a simple Ph test kit before automatically adding lime.


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