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Old 06-04-2010, 01:46 AM   #1
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Hi ppl!

I need help leveling my yard. I had a lot of weeds from lack of care from previous owners. So i sprayed them with weed killer that doesn't kill lawns. Well ... the grass died and the weeds lived on ... so i had a lot of bare spots. I read up on leveling yards. Seems easy. I added top soil to the dips and cut the humps and hills out. I raked the place up and then added some more top soil and raked it even. Of course i still have some grass too. So it was as flat as i could get it. I seeded the lawn and then added some seeding soil. I water the lawn 2 minutes (i started with 5) every 4 hours from 6am to 6pm ( just thought it would keep the soil wet ... not sure how it should be done ... except the top 1/2 inch has to be moist at all times). Now i see the dips i filled with top soil are dipping again

What should i do? Should i add more top soil and seed soil to the lows? Or wait for the grass to grow and see if it will fill up the area?

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:42 AM   #2
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Did you use a roller after filling in the soil ?

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Old 06-04-2010, 08:47 AM   #3
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You probably want some minimum slope, more than 1%.
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:13 PM   #4
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I didn't use a roller. The directions I read were to rake them in.

I Have a slight slope, but it's rather messed up.

On the side note ... holy crap! i have bugs and weeds growing like mad now. didn't have lil bugs flying around before. This is turning into a mess
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ok ... I didn't have a roller but i used some cinder blocks to pound the weight down and used a wood board to lay down and stomp on. I still can't get a nice flat surface. It's nice and flat when i stop but eventually it turns to bumps and dips.
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The areas that were high are compacted much more than the newly filled areas so the new areas will sink again unless you over fill them.

If it looks more level than before, I would let the grass grow and see how it looks when it's mowed. You can easily overfill any left over low spots bit by bit once the grass is up too.

Look at it from a neighbor's yard. People always tell me how great my lawn looks and I think it is graded disgustingly but from the road it looks good!
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Yes it is more level! Just that I can tell when I more the lawn. from the street it looks decent but really isn't. I can see some areas are low though. I can top off with soil and grass will grow on it?

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I can top off with soil and grass will grow on it?
Ayuh,.. Sure, but alittle grass seed won't hurt either...
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Oh. I was thinking if I add soil to grass eventually the grass will grow out of it and the area will have grass and be level!
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Oh. I was thinking if I add soil to grass eventually the grass will grow out of it and the area will have grass and be level!
Ayuh,... Eventually it will,... But the weeds are alot quicker to grow...

A handful of grass seed has a better chance of giving you Joy....

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