Usually we ignore bumps on our lawn. But as time goes by ignoring these bumps, mowing your lawn will start to become difficult and its usage will be limited. But don’t think that fixing it requires rocket science or a set of specialized tools. And we promise, sorting it out will be easy.
Below are the things that you’ll need to know on how to fix your bumpy lawn.
First, let’s discuss the solution that is pretty much popular - using a lawn roller. But is this method good or bad for your lawn?
Straight answer, it's bad for your lawn. It’s true that it flattens the lawn. But it can only do it on small bumps and depressions. Not on areas that are more uneven. And since its main job is to flatten out the lawn, its side effect is that it will also compress the soil. And doing this on the soil is the exact opposite of aerating your lawn. Soil aeration is important because it will let your lawn breathe oxygen and consume the needed soil nutrients more efficiently.
And we hope this explains why using a lawn roller is a bad idea on flattening a lawn.
Now we proceed on how to smoothen your uneven lawn with your hand. Do not worry as this will be easy. Doing this will save you on renting or borrowing a lawn roller and it will also provide you with an easy, long term solution for lawn bumps and depressions of all sizes.
Here are some answers that you might have in mind before or after doing the steps above to smoothen your lawn.
Will this method fix my sloping yard?
The process of leveling a sloping yard is much more different and in depth than the leveling of a bumpy lawn that we described above. Leveling a sloping yard usually requires re-grading your lawn. And before you re-grade your lawn, you need to find the highest and lowest points then measure the angle or grade between them and correct accordingly. Re-grading your lawn is a considerable project that homeowners choose to address on a DIY basis. It would be better to hire a professional landscaping company to re-grade your lawn if needed.
Will the uneven areas remain level?
Yes. Your lawn should remain level for many years to come as long as you have fixed the cause of the unevenness of your lawn to develop in the first place.
Can I use sand to level my lawn?
Yes, but using sand will not make the leveled parts of your lawn “fully green” again. Because grass cannot draw nutrients on sand. This in turn will result with very pronounced thin spots in your lawn. That is why we recommend using topsoil.
In conclusion, by doing the steps above and using topsoil, you should be able to cover up the bumpy and uneven areas in your lawn with minimal difficulty. But you might consider doing the steps two to three times to get your lawn completely level. Rest assured it will be worth it once you have an even, beautiful yard for your friends and family to enjoy.