Level your lawn

Level your lawn

All lawns settle over time and develop a few dips and undulations. A nice level surface reduces the risk of tripping or twisting an ankle. Here’s how to aerate and top-dress your lawn for a flatter finish.

  1. Give it a fairly short haircut, then use a garden fork to aerate any areas of compaction or all over if you have heavy clay soil.
  2. Put small piles of compost, sand or top-dressing mix at regular intervals across the lawn, and spread these around to a level no higher than 10mm with a plastic leaf rake.
  3. Water it in, then apply organic or slow release fertiliser.
  4. If you need to, you can hire tools to help you aerate large areas or level out any bumps.

This is just one of more than 50 jobs to do in the garden this month. For the rest of your ‘must-dos’, pick up the September issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine