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Leveling ground for sod

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Hi Everyone,

As you know, I am still new to this and just finished setting up the irrigation to my backyard. I really want a level ground, what does everyone recommend to tackle this? Again, I don't have the biggest yard. So far, I have been using a 36" field rake and while it has leveled significantly, there are still some small areas of bumps I would like to level out. I have been seeing a lot of people add sand to an already established lawn and don't want to be that guy, no offense to those people but I want to do it right the first time. ;)

What tool should I now use to level?

  • 2X4
  • continue with field rake and shovel?

I think this is probably the most important part of laying sod down, so I would like to do it right. Thanks.
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I have the leveling rake from R&R - it works well for smoothing sand, but I don't know how well it would work on dirt. A drag broom or drag mat would be another good option. I would probably lean toward the drag mat for smoothing bare dirt.

Regarding adding sand after the lawn is established, I wouldn't be so quick to discount that idea. It all depends on your expectations of course, but lawns typically don't just stay level/smooth - you really have to work at. I agree that you should do everything you can to smooth the ground before the sod is put down, but don't be disappointed when you finish the season and it's not quite as smooth as it was when you started. It's also not uncommon to see at least some variation in the thickness of the sod pieces that are laid. I guess what I'm saying is you can (and should) do everything you can on the front end, but that's not always enough. :thumbup:
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