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Can You Put Soil On Top Of Grass To Level?

At our landscaping company, we get asked a wide range of questions about our services daily. Many of the questions regularly pop up, whether on-site at customer’s gardens or via our website or Facebook.

Today’s question is answered is with quick version and longer explanation below:

✅ Can You Put Soil on Top of Grass to Level?

Yes, you can put soil on top of grass to level out your area, cover bare spots and help with a lack of nutrients. You’ll have to be wary, though, because grass can grow through the topsoil. It all depends on how thick the coat of soil you apply on top of the grass is.

How To Level A Lawn Using Topsoil

Before we start, if you are yet to begin the project and need to find the average garden levelling cost, read our detailed guide as we look at the factors that affect the prices.

Don’t worry whether you’re a novice or an expert, levelling lawn using topsoil is relatively easy. First, you have to remove the existing roots and turf, and you can do this by using a rake or a shovel.

Secondly, you have to sprinkle soil evenly, and you can use a long-hand tool to level it out. Furthermore, you need to get a tamper or some form of a mechanical compactor, you can find out what is the best equipment for leveling ground on our other page, which will give you an indication of what to purchase.

This will help compact the soil before laying your paving stones on top. You don’t want to go through all of this work for your garden to be uneven, so we suggest using a spirit level to ensure everything is even.

If you see any empty or bare spots, you need to fill them in to make it even. Once you’re happy with all the groundwork and it’s been laid as you wish, you can start planting your grass seeds and wait for that new pristine lawn to appear.

#1. What Type of Soil is Best to Use

When applying soil on grass, it’s always best to use a mixture of topsoil and compost. If you want a healthy lawn full of nutrients, then topsoil should be the main ingredient in the mix as it’s full of nutrients, promoting healthy grass.

We’d also advise adding some compost, which helps with water retention and adding a small amount of manure (mind the smell), which provides additional nutrients for your grass.

The best piece of equipment for mixing all this is a wheelbarrow or some form of container so that you get the correct ratios. Once you’re happy with the mixture, you can start to level the lawn.

#2. How to Prepare the Soil for Leveling

Before you can do anything, you need to ensure that all the ingredients are properly mixed and that the area you’re going to place it on doesn’t have any debris, stones, or weeds still in it.

You first need to get a rake, go through the existing soil, and remove anything that may cause an issue.

After this, we recommend using a power tiler to go through the remaining dirt and break up any clumps or bits you may have missed to create an ultra-smooth surface.

Once you’re happy with the substance and condition of it, you can then start to spread the layer of topsoil across the area and use a rake to cover as much space as possible.

#3. How Much Soil is Needed for Leveling?

This question is difficult to answer because it all depends on the size of your garden and the area you want to be covered.

For a good rule of thumb, we recommend using 27 cubic feet of topsoil per 100 square feet. But as we said, it all depends on the conditions of the area that you are working on, and if you are working on a steep garden with slopes, you may need to increase this ratio. You can learn how to level a sloping garden with our step-by-step process.

#4. How to Spread the Soil Evenly

It would help if you got this soil spread even because you don’t want lumps and bumps in your garden. It will look unsightly. Firstly, you need to use a rake to distribute evenly all the soil across the covered area you want; this is the easy part!

After this, we recommend using a flat-edged hoe to compact further any clumps or unstable regions you may have missed on the first round.

Then you can sprinkle some water across the desired area and use a trowel to ensure it’s all level and smooth. Then take a step back and look at your great work, and the soil should be spread evenly.