Step 5: Grade the soil

toh landscape contractor roger cook grading the soil
Photo: Kindra Clineff
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Smooth the lawn with a grading rake, and mix the compost and amendments into the top 2 inches of soil until no lumps remain. Start by holding the rake's handle lower to the ground so that the teeth can blend and pull more effectively. Hold the handle higher to rake the soil smooth. Take short strokes to prevent fatigue and back pain.
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    Tools List

    • flat blade shovel
      Shovel
    • wheelbarrow
      Wheelbarrow
    • Gas powered sod cutter
      Sod Cutter
    • rotary tiller
      Tiller
    • walk-behind spreader
      Seed spreader
    • metal garden rake
      Grading rake
    • hand rake
      Leaf rake

    Shopping List

    1. Compost

    2. Soil amendments3. Grass seed