Lawn Repair
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Top Dressing Uneven Lawn
Top Dressing Uneven Lawns

The Problem Of Uneven Lawns

Uneven lawns can be very unattractive and dysfunctional for how we want to use them, and in this article we're going to look into why uneven lawns are a problem, as well as looking to find ways to repair an uneven lawn.

Uneven lawns can be a problem for the lawn owner for several reasons:


  • the lawn doesn't look attractive,
  • the high spots can be scalped back to soil during mowing,
  • the low spots can be missed by the mower, looking uncut and unkempt,
  • greater levels of unevenness can cause accidents,

So let's have a look at the various degrees of the problem and the various solutions provided by both ongoing lawn care and lawn repair methods.


New Lawns

Lawns under 3 months old shouldn't be worried about too much. Often the soil underneath may not have been levelled correctly, in some places the soil may be soft, leaving indentations over time, and in all cases, the turf is almost never cut evenly at the turf farm. So unevenness in new lawns is common.

It is best to leave the uneven lawn at least for a few months after laying if it is the growing season. Letting the soil and lawn settle to give it a chance to repair itself before we jump in and possibly make the problem worse. Regular lawn mowing will also aid in evening out new lawns, especially so if the lawn is being serviced with a Cylinder Mower.


Light Rises In The Lawn

For lawn areas which are slightly raised in small areas, there are a two options:

Use a rotary mower set low, to scalp the offending area down into the soil level, if the lawn is a warm season variety, and it is growing season, then lawn repair should be swift if the lawn is in good health. Cool Season lawns can be re-seeded or new turf of the same variety laid - as these lawn types will not self repair.

Or by using a spade, cut around the around the area first, and then remove the turf from the soil, scrape away some of the soil underneath, and replace the turf.


Light Indentations In The Lawn

Using an inert yellow sand, or clean soil from a nearby garden bed, top dress and even out the indentation, water well.

In most cases, the area of lawn top dressing may need to be reviewed and possibly topped up again a week or two later. The key to this method is to always apply top dressing lightly and in a few applications over time, allowing each application to repair itself prior to the next application.

Do not top dress much more than 1 cm at a time, or the lawn may suffocate. It’s always best to top dress lawns in stages.


Deeper or Larger Lawn Indentations

Top dressing these areas of lawn may result in the lawn dying, or taking a very long time to repair itself, so an alternative method should be looked at.

Using a spade, cut around the area in manageable sized squares, now dig each square out of the area.

Fill in the area with inert sand or clean soil from a nearby garden bed, When you believe you have the right height adjustment, water the soil well, and replace the turf.

Light top dressing may be required to level off the adjoining area, or fill in any holes or inconsistencies.


Larger Protrusions In The Lawn

Remove the turf as outlined in the previous method, and remove excess soil, and replace the turf.


Precautions

Always pay close attention to lawn care of the repaired lawn area until it is fully repaired, this means watering well at the time of the lawn repair, light fertilising and a bit of extra hand watering.

Never top dress to even out lawns with anything other than clean inert sand, or clean soil from the same area where the lawn is grown.

Only top dress lawns, or repair lawns while the lawn is in an active growing season, and has enough time to repair before Winter dormancy. Spring, Summer, and the first half of Autumn are all OK.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
How Much Lawn Fertiliser The Role Of Lawn Fertilisers Lawn...
IMAGE
Buffalo grass lawn in heavy seed The Reason For Lawns Seeding All...
IMAGE
Recycling Lawn Clippings in the Garden Recycling Our Lawn Clippings...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Dog urine burning lawn Dogs Urine Burning Lawns The problem of lawn...
IMAGE
A bare patch caused by excessive shade Bare or Dead Lawn Patches...
IMAGE
Improving Lawn Soil The soils underneath our lawns are more...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
When to water lawns Water Requirements For Lawns Generally speaking,...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Planning saves time and gives a betterquality finish every time we...
IMAGE
Mow Master Professional Lawn Edgers photo courtesy of Mow Master...
IMAGE
Raise Mowing Heights For Soft Buffalo Lawns One of the biggest...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
By Kate Wall 'New Content' What are some of the most common lawn...
IMAGE
By Kate Wall 'New Content' What are some of the most common lawn...
IMAGE
Common Kikuyu Invading Buffalo Is Your Buffalo Really A Buffalo...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Perennial Bluegrass Characteristics of Perennial Bluegrass Perennial...
IMAGE
Matilda - a soft leaf buffalo lawn photo courtesy of Matilda...
IMAGE
Kenda - a new male sterile kikuyu photo courtesy of Kenda Kikuyu...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Solutions to repair problems in our home lawns, including repairing thatch, scalped lawns, lawn coring, dead lawn patches and improving lawn soil
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
The old saying... "1 year of seeding equals 7 years of weeding" is TRUE. Seeds can stay in the ground for many years, only germinating a percentage each year. This ensures the survival of the plant species - where if conditions aren't right for it's survival this year - conditions will be right at some time in the next few years.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
killing & keeping weeds from lawns video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Borax Ant Killer Recipe This method of ant control creates a mixture of a few ingredients...
IMAGE
Lawn Watering Problems Many of us water our lawns in all the wrong ways possible, and as a...
IMAGE
Top Organic Lawn Care Tips The goals of Organic Lawn Care are to naturally reduce the...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
The Lawn Guide is putting a new focus onto Zoysia grass as the best lawn type for use in all...
IMAGE
Different Types Of Zoysia Grasses There are several different varieties within the Zoysia...
IMAGE
Nara Zoysia growing well in the USA By Todd Layt 'New Content' Sold as Nara™ Native Turf in...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information