For many gardeners the dream is to have a perfectly level manicured lawn stretching out into the distance – but what can you do if you buy a house and your garden isn’t level?
A garden with hills and troughs, bumps and ditches, can become a nightmare to look after and maintain, so many people decide to take the plunge and level the garden themselves.
Why Do You Need A Leveled Garden At All?
There are many reasons why having a level garden is important and it’s not just about the way it looks. Here are some of the key reasons why you need to level your garden:
It Makes the Garden Safer All Round
A garden which is completely uneven is fine for growing plants and trees in, but little else. If there is uneven ground underfoot, and holes and slopes, it makes it a dangerous garden to use socially, with the risk of people tripping over and falling.
Making your lawn more useful
Having a flat area of lawn is far more useful than one with lumps and bumps as it means you can do things like play football or run around with the family. You can have a safe barbecue and you can use garden chairs without fear of tipping over.
It is Useful if You Want to Attract Birds
A level lawn will make it easier to set up a stable bird table to attract birds into your garden and they will also enjoy eating the moss and grubs that are hiding in your level lawn as well.
It Looks Nicer
If you like relaxing in your garden, you won’t get irritated by any lumps or bumps that you can see while sitting in your garden chairs. You can just sit back and relax and enjoy the views.
It Prevents Flooding
In the winter if your garden is on a slope or has dips, water and mud will accumulate and you could end up with some areas becoming flooded or swamp-like, which is not what you want to be dealing with on cold winter days.
It Makes Mowing Your Grass Much Less Hard Work
Mowing an uneven lawn is hard work and going over bumps in the lawn with a lawnmower also risks causing damage to the grass, the mower itself, and even you if you lose control of it.
How To Level Your Garden
Know Your Garden
Before you start making drastic changes to your garden, you need to make sure that the work you are going to do is in line with any required regulations. It is also vital to check if there are any pipes or cables going through your garden that you need to avoid disturbing.
Keep A Slight Slope
To avoid floods and drainage issues it is advisable to keep your garden on a very slight slope that heads away from your house. This allows rainwater to drain away from your property without causing problems.
Work Out The Lay of Your Garden
You need to know where your garden rises up and where it drops down before you begin to level it. You can do this by inserting a stake at the top and then at the bottom of any slope. Tie a string to the stake that is at ground level and then take it across and tie it to the second stake, where the string is completely straight.
You can then measure the distance between the string and the ground on the second stake to find out how much of a rise there is in your garden. How long the string is will also be helpful in showing you the length of your garden.
Start Working on Areas Which are Below Ground Level
Filling in the lower areas is easier, so start with this and if they aren’t too low it shouldn’t be too big a job. You could try a mixture of sand, compost, and topsoil to fill in any low areas across your garden.
Do This Type of Work in the Spring
If you are leveling your lawn you want the grass to have time to germinate so, do the work in the spring when the soil has settled and isn’t too wet. That way you will have a nice level lawn ready to use during the summer months.
Plan Your Planting
You need to think about the type of plants, bushes, and trees you are going to put into the garden once it has all been leveled out so have a planting plan for your newly leveled garden to make the most of all of that hard work.
Get Help If You Need To
If your garden is complicated, for example, there are water pipes going through it, or there are lots of very low areas which might have drainage issues, then seek professional help from a landscape gardener.
The last thing you want to do is cause major damage to your garden or even to your property, by taking on a job that is just too difficult for you to do alone. Always seek help and advice if you have any doubts at all.