Weeds and pests can quickly turn your dream lawn into a nightmare for care and maintenance. But fortunately, there are usually a few things you can do on your own at home to turn things around and get that terrific turf you desire. However, one of the issues, particularly a bumpy lawn, requires a little extra effort and care. If you want to know how to level a bumpy uneven lawn, you’ve come to the right place! 

Just know that leveling out a lumpy bumpy lawn is never impossible, it just takes some patience and dedication to achieve the right results. In this guide, we’ll run down everything you need to know about leveling a lawn that shares the same characteristics as an amusement park ride! And don’t forget, if you’re not ready or don’t have time to tackle this kind of job yourself, the experts at ISR Gardening are always standing by to help.

Step 1: Determine Why Your Lawn Is Bumpy

So how to level out a bumpy lawn exactly? Most importantly, you have to figure out why your lawn is bumpy in the first place. In many cases, the thaws and freezes of the spring or autumn seasons can cause bumps to form on your lawn. It could also be that you have an infestation of earthworms who shift the soil around and in many cases unevenly!

There could also be an issue with your lawn’s pH balance. And how rainy was it last summer? Or maybe you were watering too much? Waterlogged soil is also prone to bump formation. Finally, a lack of aeration can cause your soil to form bumps because the earth has become too compacted. We’ll get more into aeration later on in this post.

Step 2: Irrigate Your Lawn

Is your soil compacted? Then you might need to turn to irrigation to solve the problem. While watering your lawn regularly is important, you don’t want to overwater it either.

Water can make soil looser and therefore easier to level out. If you’re planning to level your yard, you’ll want to wait until the spring when grass seeds are just starting to grow.

Step 3: Fertilize Your Lawn

Even if you don’t have a bumpy lawn, you’ll still want to consider adding fertilizer for the best overall results. Fertilizer ensures that your lawn is getting all the nutrients it needs to look its best. This is especially important to do after irrigation because watering can wash away some of the useful nutrients that your lawn needs to flourish.

And while you’re adding it, add some fertilizer to the bushes and trees! Pretty much everything green in your yard can benefit from a little bit of fertilizer. Just be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the bag very carefully.

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Step 4: Aerate Your Lawn

Here’s a great uneven lawn fix. Compacted soil can lead to a bumpy lawn so to ensure that your soil doesn’t become too compacted, try to have your yard aerated every spring.

Aeration puts holes into your lawn, allowing water and other nutrients to penetrate deep into your lawn’s root system. It’s also going to prevent those unsightly bumps and dips from forming.

Step 5: Break Up The Bumps In Your Lawn

This is the best way to level a bumpy lawn. Your next order of business is to break up the existing bumps on your lawn. A power rake can be very effective at getting this done and breaking down the soil cores of every bump.

Once the bumps are removed you can rake the thatch out of the lawn. Thatch is the combination of loose grass trimmings and leaves—living or dead—which often litter our lawns.

Step 6: Feed Your Lawn

Now it’s time to add more grass to your lawn in all the bald spots where your bumps used to be. You want to add seeds everywhere on your lawn because they will help the grass grow back thicker and healthier than before.

This process is called overseeding and it’s an integral part of the bump-removing process for all lawn care experts and amateurs alike.

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While many of these landscaping jobs having to do with your lawn can be done on your own at home, remember that there’s always an expert landscaper ready to help At ISR Gardening, we understand that many hardworking homeowners simply don’t have the time to perform proper lawn maintenance and care that meets their high standards. That’s where we come in. Our dedicated and experienced team of landscapers will produce the lawn of your dreams and keep it green all summer long. Don’t worry about the watering or the seeding or the fertilizer. Call ISR Gardening today to book your consultation.