09:12AM | 07/13/04
Member Since: 07/12/04
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Is there an easy way to properly grade a lawn? I understand the desirable slope etc, but do you stake the lawn off in a certain way? or just sorta eyeball everything? ive tried lots of internet sites but none that ive found give you step by step instruction. thanks in advance!


12:28PM | 07/26/04
Member Since: 01/04/04
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Oops, I posted a similar question. I hope we get a pro to answer both for us! The lawn care books and sites are really good about telling you how to till in ammendements, rake, roll and seed the finished grade, but they don't tell you how to get there in the first place, not how to get rid of an old neglected lawn.


02:52AM | 08/10/04
Member Since: 03/23/04
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I hope we get an answer, I have the same problem. I have a "lumpy" lawn and want it all evened out.


11:25AM | 08/27/04
Member Since: 12/01/02
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grading Lawn

August 27th, 2004 03:24 PM


One tool I've found invaluable for grading is a landscapers rake. It is a very wide rake with metal teeth. You can find them in a home store or you can rent them by the day. They are useful if you have somewhat loose dirt and want to make it even. I like the rope and timber idea but this may work as well.

As far as grading to to a certain level, we used something that may or may not appeal to you. We had to grade for a swale to make its way around septic fields. This meant grading 150 of lawn so it always had a slope when there was only an 18 inch difference between the top and the bottom. We did this with a $15 laser level and a bunch of stakes. We just worked our way from the back to the front laying the stakes and marking the level lines from one stake to the next. We then just interpolated the grading between the stakes to be roughly smooth. This technique will also work for more square areas. If you are just trying to get it into rough shape, maybe eyeballing it is best.

Good luck.



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