How to Fix Low Spots in a Lawn


Every homeowner wants an even lawn that is lush green and the talk of the town. However, despite your best efforts, you may find patches in your lawn that are lower than the surrounding surface. Not only are low spots detrimental for the grass, but they also affect the overall appearance of the garden, making it look unkempt and uncared for. Amend any low spots in a lawn to prevent moisture-promoting fungus due to collected water.

Things You'll Need

  • Chalk
  • Shovel
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Planting soil
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Garden hose
  • Determine the type of grass you have so you can time your leveling project correctly. Although you can attempt the project during spring and summer, the best time to level any lawn is when it is growing vigorously, and that varies. Warm season grasses grow rapidly in early summer while fall is the best time to amend fescues.

  • Walk around the lawn to determine all low spots; mark each spot with chalk.

  • Dig the spade into the soil at least 3 to 4 inches deep all around each low spot to outline and demarcate it.

  • Slice larger outlines patches into smaller ones that measure 15 inches wide. You have to remove the grass or sod to level the soil underneath, so making the uneven pieces smaller will help make them more manageable.

  • Place your foot on the flat part of the shovel and gently shove it in and under each 15-inch piece to try to loosen and lift it. Try to do it carefully, retaining as much of the delicate root system as possible. Roll the grass as you cut until you remove the entire patch. Repeat this process for all the low spots in your lawn.

  • Place all the removed patches in a shady place and mist the roots to prevent them from drying out.

  • Gently tamp the soil in the uneven patch with the back of the shovel and add or remove soil so it is in line with the remaining surface. Place good quality planting soil in a wheelbarrow so you can shovel over the existing soil.
    Remember that every patch of sod you removed has 1 to 2 inches of soil attached to the root system; add or remove soil from the patch accordingly.

  • Water the patches of soil well with a garden hose.

  • Adjust the removed patches of sod into the soil and press them gently with a shovel.

  • Water the patches regularly as you would with newly laid sod.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fertilize the patches after 2 to 3 weeks.

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