How to level my yard with top soil

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How to level my yard with top soil
Level or grade a yard with topsoil before installing sod. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Bumpy lawns happen no matter how prepared you are. Even if you spend a lot of time and effort to level out your yard before you install a lawn, both foot traffic and rain run-off wear the soil and affect the shape of the land over time, turning once-pristine ground into a battered landscape pock-mocked with divots, depressions and holes. Fortunately, you can fight back against the effects of erosion using a technique known as topdressing. Adding a mixture of top soil and sand to lower areas levels out the yard and makes it foot traffic friendly once more.

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Things you need

  • Sand
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel
  • Ruler
  • Rake

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  1. 1

    Pour equal amounts of sand and top soil into a wheelbarrow. Mix the two materials thoroughly with your hands or a shovel.

  2. 2

    Shovel the mixture of top soil and sand into the holes and depressions in your yard. Fill grass-free areas with the mixture until the new top soil is level with the surrounding high spots, but only add up to 1/2 inch of the top soil mixture if the yard's covered in grass -- adding more can kill the lawn.

  3. 3

    Rake the added top soil smooth to level it out. Add more top soil to level out any remaining depressions revealed by the raking. Be aware that holes deeper than ½ inch in grass-covered yards will remain even after raking -- do not add extra top soil to these depressions yet.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process in six to 12 months to finish filling in the holes in grassy yards. Add up to 1/2 inch more of the sand and soil mixture to the yard during the second levelling. Continue adding up to 1/2 inch of the sand and soil mixture every six to 12 months until the lawn levels out.

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