All house and garden owners usually want a straight and level lawn. The following article explains how an existing lawn can be straightened or how a straight area can ideally be created.

inspect area

First, the area for a new lawn or an existing lawn must be checked for any holes or height differences. Above all, the difference in height from one side to the other is also decisive. To find out the height difference, there is a simple way:

  • use a long spirit level, at least 2 m
  • stick a wooden stick into the ground at the lowest point
  • should be long enough for the calculated height difference
  • Attach thread or rope to the pole
  • up to the highest point of the surface
  • fix in the ground
  • alternatively, a second person helps and holds the thread
  • Straighten the rope horizontally and parallel
  • should correspond to the later level ground
  • use a spirit level for this

From this, the difference in height can now be measured and the amount of earth required for the straightening can be determined.

Tip: If there are only different small and larger holes on a floor surface, then these can be compensated for individually. This can be the case with old molehills, for example.

Preparation of new lawn

When a new lawn is planned, the first thing to do is to prepare for the straightening. Since the entire soil is to be renewed and leveled, this is the easier way to straighten the lawn. This is done as follows:

  • Loosen up the lawn area as a whole
  • use a motor hoe for this
  • Work small areas with a hand hoe
  • alternatively use a spade
Tip: If you only need the tiller for this project, you can rent it by the day from a hardware store.

Preparation of existing lawn

If you already have a lawn that just needs to be straightened and patched in a few places, then preparing for this is a little more difficult. However, this can also be done with the following steps:

  • determine the height difference here as well
  • Cut the lawn short at the raised areas
  • only fill in the soil in these places
  • only about one to two centimeters high for preparation
  • attach
  • then fill to the brim
  • Add lawn fertilizer
Idea: To get a feeling for how much soil you will need later to fill up, you can use a board or, in the case of smaller holes, simply press the soil down lightly with your shoes.

Level the floor surface

Once the preparations have been made, work can begin. Before doing this, calculate the earth in cubic meters and level the level. This should be done according to the following guide:

  • put several wooden sticks in the ground
  • not only at the edge, also in the middle
  • Pull threads to desired height
  • Use spirit level to plumb
  • Apply soil accordingly

Ideally, the earth should be applied so far that the stretched threads lie directly on top. Only then is the correct height reached. In order to achieve such a really level floor, it is important that the threads are stretched very tightly and cannot sag at any single point.

Note: If you stake out the lawn area before filling, you can immediately see how much soil needs to be filled in at which points. At the same time, you can also see where there are small clusters or mounds. Remove them immediately to straighten them.

finishing touches

After the soil has been filled up or removed from the appropriate places, the actual lawn area is straightened. The following should be observed here:

  • strip off the entire floor
  • Use a straightedge of two to three meters in length
  • drag across the floor
  • this creates a smooth plane
  • fasten the floor with a light roller
  • can be filled with water

sow the lawn

After the steps described above and the final leveling of the ground, the new lawn can be sown . With an existing lawn, the seed only needs to be scattered on the patched areas. It is important to choose the same type of lawn as you already have. A newly created soil is sown in total. Then it should be watered well to get a flat and even lawn.

Note: In order to prevent possible weeds, you should let the soil rest for about two weeks after leveling before you give up the lawn seeds. If unwanted things grow in different places during this time, they can be removed with a weed killer suitable for lawns.

Required tool

Various tools are required to straighten a lawn. Even a well-stocked hobby gardener doesn’t have everything in his shed at home. Ask your garden center which large devices you can rent on a daily basis. You need the following tools to straighten the lawn:

  • spade
  • Grabegabel
  • Harke
  • long spirit level
  • tiller
  • alternatively plow
  • light roller
  • long rule
  • wooden sticks and thread or string

It also makes sense to use a wheelbarrow to move the soil to the right places and to have a connected garden hose ready.

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