Improve a Lumpy Garden – How do I flatten garden?
How to Level a Bumpy Lawn
Over the years my garden became progressively bumpier, to the point where scalping the lawn while mowing was a common occurrence, and our two year old would frequently trip when running over bumps or low spots. I began doing research on lawn leveling and after watching a few You Tube videos on professional garden leveling, I was officially obsessed. This article will outline the results of my research, my results to date, and my plans going forward. I’m not planning on getting all the way to putting green standards, but the principles hold true no matter how serious you are. Keeping your garden level is an ongoing process, but with some simple steps it’s really quite easy and can make a huge difference to the quality of your lawn.
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Why is it Important to Have a Level Lawn?
A smooth, even lawn, without bumps or depressions, is important as it provides a much more usable surface to walk on. Any activity (athletic or otherwise) will be made safer and more enjoyable – from soccer, croquet, bocce ball to just running around. For kids and adults alike.
A level garden also contributes to a healthier and easier to maintain garden. Not only does it result in a better quality cut, because your mower won’t be scalping the lawn, you can also mow more quickly because the mower isn’t jumping around. Not to mention, mowing over a bumpy surface is simply uncomfortable (much like driving over potholes in your car). Low spots are of particular concern because as the tires pass over them, the level of the mower blade also drops, plunging it into the higher spots and cutting the grass there too low. The last advantage to a level lawn is drainage. Holes and low spots tend to collect water in pools, which increases chance of garden disease.
What Causes a Garden to be Bumpy?
Before anything is done to correct bumps and unevenness, you must first diagnose why they occurred. Often there is an underlying problem that needs addressing. Removing this cause before correcting the effect is crucial to finding a long term fix. Sometimes bumps and depressions can be the result of drainage problems, or even broken water or irrigation pipes causing erosion. If there are, for example, two to three low spots around areas where there may be water or drainage pipes, you should investigate to make sure that nothing is leaking. Consult an expert if necessary.
A sprinkler system is a common culprit for erosion since the water lines are prone to damage and the whole system requires regular maintenance. To investigate, check that the spray heads and rotors are working correctly and popping up to their full height, that the nozzles are not clogged or damaged, and that the heads are not leaking.
Ground settling is another common cause of a bumpy lawn. Over time settling occurs which causes depressions. This is largely unavoidable. Specifically, if you have a new lawn, or if you’ve had yard work done or large equipment on your garden. Freezing and thawing cycles can accentuate this in cold-winter climates. These cycles can cause soil to heave and become bumpy and uneven. In Spring, bumps often appear as clay soil thaws unevenly. It can heave and create ripples in your garden like a bunched-up carpet.
Another source of lawn bumpiness is simply having a thin garden from a disease or insect problems that is weakening an area. This results in patches of bare soil. These areas then erode even deeper with rainfall, wind, and activity, resulting in depressions when compared to the surrounding area of healthy garden. This was the primary source of unevenness in my front yard.
Other sources of bumps can include buried objects such as wood debris from construction (this should be removed), people walking on lawns that are too soft (like in the early spring or after heavy rains), and animals. Animals, both wild and domestic, sometimes dig holes in lawns. If the bumps are from burrowing animals, like ground hogs or moles, they will have to be removed or repelled. Lastly, ant mounds can be a cause of significant bumps. These will be readily apparent, due to the presence of ants. Ants don’t harm the grass, for the most part, and can actually help keeping other pests in check, however, when they form large mounds it becomes a problem.for more information: https://backyardmash.com/garde....ning/improve-a-lumpy