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Old 06-14-2013, 10:47 AM
Chappy23 Chappy23 is offline
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Large Lawn, Very bumpy from Droughts/Grubs/Lost grass areas

I have a large lawn area, probably two acreas. It was once a nice lawn, full and fairly level. Now, after several dry seasons and battles with grubs, we have lost grass in many areas. It is extremely bumpy to mow, basically, grass, bare grass bare grass bare. What have you found as the best way to level it back out and reseed the small bare spots?
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Old 06-14-2013, 10:59 AM
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wow, you need to level 2 acres? wow! your best bet would be to till up the bad spots, and drag it with a box blade, then take a roller and compact it, let it settle for a few days then plant your seed. its a lot easier said then done.
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:20 AM
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Thanks for the reply. My issue is that the bad spots are thousands of lets say 4-6" spots throughout the lawn. It would be difficult/extremely time consuming to till each small spot. Could topsoil somehow be spread generally over the lawn and somehow worked to the holes/barespots? or do I just till up the entire area and start from scratch?
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Old 06-14-2013, 11:36 AM
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wow. yes tractor with a box blade and harrow discs is the best way to go. do the whole yard. its not going to be easy, with that much property. you might have to go over the whole yard 3-4x with the harrows and box blade to cut it and grade it up good enough. but do it late in the summer, as that and spring are the best times to plant grass. make sure you let the ground settle for a few days before seeding.

that's all I can tell you. good luck.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:07 AM
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If the lawn becomes bumpy becuz of dead spots in the turf, that means that the roots that used to hold the soil have gone and the soil has 'settled' or been 'removed' somehow...
Do you bag? mow when wet or dusty??

I'm working on the very same problem and the first step is to prevent the dust from leaving the barespots and establishing grassroots in them b4 even bothering with new soil and general levelling procedures... those barespots will 'settle' and erode again, if nothing changes...
The new seed should have been put down last season and mowing should have been high or stopped entirely when the grass went dormant during the drought... So it is best to start the necessary changes now and be ready to seed in mid-August...
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