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Bumpy/rough lawn #13535775 04/27/20 08:15 AM
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New lawn, builders threw down sod without smoothing out the dirt first. What is my best option on getting my lawn smoothed out? I've heard rolling it might work, but I have dark clay. I've heard to aerate it and bring in sand. Learn me on what I should do. TIA!

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I've also heard of aerate and bring in sand would work.

Our yard was bumpy when we first moved in and it eventually kind of "smoothed out" after years of rains & mowers running over it. I have gotten the compost/topsoil mix a couple times from the local landscaping supply yard and filled in the low spots as well.

But I'd give it a year to naturally even out - JMHO


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Yessir, I thought about that along the way...wondered if some of that would smooth out naturally over time. I appreciate your input!

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You might check if you can rent a lawn roller. Many of them fill with water to add weight, so it's not hard to get one home and return it if you find someone who rents them. You can tow it behind a lawn mower. If you give that a try, pick a time after several rains when the ground is softer - it will level out best then under the weight of the roller. Yes, it will settle on its own over time too.

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Go get a load of 50/50 or 60/40 compost and spread a thin (1 inch) layer across the top. Water in as usual then do the same thing this fall and again next spring.

There are no nutrients in the soil they placed the sod on so your grass will never get thick and lush without added material. I've done this for several clients and it works wonders.


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Originally Posted by Roller22
Go get a load of 50/50 or 60/40 compost and spread a thin (1 inch) layer across the top. Water in as usual then do the same thing this fall and again next spring.

There are no nutrients in the soil they placed the sod on so your grass will never get thick and lush without added material. I've done this for several clients and it works wonders.


I know a guy who had his sanded heavily, came out great

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Roller - any rock/grass type of place will carry this, I'm assuming?

Thanks to everyone for their input!

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Originally Posted by WAWI
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Go get a load of 50/50 or 60/40 compost and spread a thin (1 inch) layer across the top. Water in as usual then do the same thing this fall and again next spring.

There are no nutrients in the soil they placed the sod on so your grass will never get thick and lush without added material. I've done this for several clients and it works wonders.


I know a guy who had his sanded heavily, came out great



Where do you get this type of material? My lawn is old and so uneven and bumpy its a pain to mow.



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Living Earth should have a blend. I get Dyno Dirt from the Denton Solid Waste and Recycling. Alpine Materials in Southlake has a great Organic Compost. Ft. Worth Grass and Stone of 35W at Alliance has a good 60/40 blend.


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Go get a load of 50/50 or 60/40 compost and spread a thin (1 inch) layer across the top. Water in as usual then do the same thing this fall and again next spring.

There are no nutrients in the soil they placed the sod on so your grass will never get thick and lush without added material. I've done this for several clients and it works wonders.


I know a guy who had his sanded heavily, came out great



Where do you get this type of material? My lawn is old and so uneven and bumpy its a pain to mow.
Silver Creek materials in Ft Worth might be able to fix you up

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Try to roll it first. They should have when they did it. It'll smooth out the edges about. Then after that, fill in with sand mix as needed

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So

What does the mix consist of?

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What does the mix consist of?

If you're speaking of the compost mix, it's a top soil/compost mixture at the ratio given. Dyno Dirt from Denton is the best I've used. They have a specific mixture they use to make it.

This is from their website. "This nutrient-rich compost is ideal for lawns, flower and vegetable gardens, and trees and shrubs. Dyno Dirt meets all Texas Commission on Environmental Quality requirements for uncontrolled use as a soil conditioner resulting in the production of superior-quality compost, which is carefully processed to maintain excellent soil building attributes and a remarkable abundance of beneficial microorganisms. For best results, mix one to two inches of Dyno Dirt with the top six to eight inches of existing soil. For potting, this product should be blended with soil or other materials to achieve a 50/50 mix."


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Bought a yard and a half of DD for my back yard garden. I will be buying more for my yard. They just threw down sod. Should I mix with sand and add a top layer?

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Bought a yard and a half of DD for my back yard garden. I will be buying more for my yard. They just threw down sod. Should I mix with sand and add a top layer?

Mix with sand or a sandy loam.

You could use it like organic fertilizer and put down an inch in June then water it in real well. Come back with an inch in October and do the same. It will sift down through the blades of grass and help level the yard.

I normally put out a 1 inch top dressing and them mow it in. The vibration of mowing helps spread it evenly. Water each day for 4-5 days then go back to normal watering schedule. Best is to put out right before a good soaking rain like we had today.


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