How To Level A Garden

Although there are some ways that you can make an uneven garden work, a practical, level garden would be better preferred by many. For more extensive slopes, you should consider contacting a licenced professional for your levelling needs. However, when it comes to smaller lumps and bumps, you may be able to level your garden yourself.

Why You Should Level A Garden

A bump-free garden is far more practical in many ways. A level garden provides a sturdy base to set down tables and chairs and entertain your guests. If you want to lie directly on the grass, it will be significantly more comfortable when the grass is flat.

If you have children, it will be far easier and safer for them to play games in the garden if the surface is level. It will also make equipment such as trampolines more simple and secure, as you won’t have to worry about it becoming unstable on the bumpy surface.

It is also better for the health of your lawn. A flatter lawn will enable more nutrients to absorb into the soil and help with drainage- directing water flow away from your property.

How To Level A Garden – First Method

If your concerns are only a few shallow bumps across your lawn, you may want to consider simply patching it up.

You’ll want to start digging the soil from the higher points in your garden and dispose of it. Going a little lower than intended is okay, as you’ll fill the low points with fresh soil later.

Next, you’ll want to add some good-quality topsoil to areas below the depth they need. It would help if you were generous here, as you’ll be compacting it down with your foot and adding more later.

Use a levelling rake and rake the soil in one direction and then the other. It is essential to use a levelling rake as opposed to a standard rake here, as levelling rakes are larger than average rakes and are designed to ensure that the soil is evenly spread.

Using a push-along or a handheld grass spreader, spread good quality grass seed across your lawn and then use a roller to lightly compact the soil. If you are too heavy-handed with this job, the grass may not be able to take root, so make sure you only do this lightly.

Spread more grass seed on top and then water thoroughly.

Second Method

If your lawn is in slightly worse condition, you may consider using the following method. This is more work, but it is more reliable, and you may get better results.

For this method, you’ll want to start with a completely blank canvas to avoid disturbing the work you’re about to do. Start by removing any weeds, rocks, debris and large lumps of clay if you have clay soil and disposing of them.

When the soil is dry, use a rotavator to churn it up. This will make it more malleable and easier to level. It would help if you did this when the soil is dry to save extra work and effort.

Using good quality topsoil, add or remove soil to make it an even height across your garden. Ensure you have more soil than you think you need, as it will compact over time.

The following step is the most critical part, so it is crucial that you pay attention and carry this out with care. There are two ways in which you can carry out this step.

Method one:

Place two stakes and either end of the lawn and attach a piece of string between the two. Then, place a spirit level on the line to ensure it is level. Take your time to ensure it is level, as this string is a guide for your new lawn.

Using a rake, work the soil until it is completely level with your string. Your garden should be completely even.

Method two:

If you want to ensure that you are even more precise, you should follow this method. It is more expensive but will ensure that you have more accurate and professional-looking results.

For this method, you’ll need to purchase a laser level and a laser receiver, which are relatively pricey. Set up the laser level in the corner of your garden, and using a tape measure, work out how far below the line of level you’d like the surface of your garden to be.

Ensure you check the soil in multiple places in the garden, and then proceed to rake your soil until it is entirely even.

Now you should compact the soil to ensure you won’t come across any lumps and bumps at a later date or when it rains.

Since you’ve churned up your entire lawn, the final step of this process is to plant a new one. If you’ve decided to grow from seeds, scatter the new seeds across your soil as instructed in the packet.

If you’re laying turf, lay the sheets as flat and as close together as possible. Don’t worry if you can see small gaps between the sheets of turf at this point- when they take root, the gaps will be virtually impossible to see.

Use a soil compactor or a lawn roller to compact the turf, so it is fit to walk on.

You must remember that this is quite a large job, so you may want to ask a good friend or family member to give you a hand.

Remember, asking for permission before you embark on a task like this is always good. You should check with utility companies to ensure that there aren’t any important cables running under your lawn or whether your work requires planning permission.

Now that you’ve understood what it takes to level a garden, it is time to give it a go yourself. If you’re still wondering what changes you could make to your garden, or you’re struggling to level your garden yourself, contact us today.