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Large Lawn, Very bumpy from Droughts/Grubs/Lost grass areas

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Chappy23, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Chappy23

    Chappy23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    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?
  2. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    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.
  3. Chappy23

    Chappy23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    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?
  4. zackvbra

    zackvbra LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 553

    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.
  5. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    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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