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Bumpy yard... help save our ankles!

We moved into our house at the end of November 2015 and with it being in MN didn’t really get to walk around the yard when we bought the house. 

When spring finally arrived the next year my first mowing experience was less than exciting and more like an exercise in keeping a lawn mower straight and an agility test trying not to roll an ankle. Since our oldest son didn’t really walk much yet we spent a lot more time on the screened in porch than in the lawn. The yard didn’t smooth out on its own, imagine that. 

Anyway, last year was focused on weed control since we had an eruption of dandelions that we didn’t have the year before.

This year I would like to try to begin tackeling the bumpiness of the year. Our oldest is now 3 and our youngest will be 2 in July. I would like to have them run around and not not worry about them twisting ankles or falling from a misplaced step into a dip. 


Where/how do I start?

Thanks for the help!


Re: Bumpy yard... help save our ankles!


We had the same type of issue with our yard in Kentucky when I was growing up. My dad rented a Sod Cutter and I took up all the grass. I set the machine to its deepest depth so I could get as much of the grass roots as possible. After we had all that hauled away, we burned the remaining roots. Then My Dad ordered dump truck loads of top soil, nice, rick almost black in color. Mixed in fertlizer before it was dumped and after it was on the ground. It took my brother and I a good week to hand spread the top soil over 2 acres at about 4 inches deep. We then spread more fertlizer over the top soil and raked it in very gently as to not disturb the surface as much. We then spread new grass seed and covered it with straw. There are certian types of straw that you do not want to use beacuse the seeds will fall out of the stalks. Covered the entire yard with a lot of grass seed, watering twice a day, taking a leaf rake turned over to rake the dirt.

That was probably 40 years ago. To this day, they still have the most beautiful lawn in town. The ground is nice and smooth, the mow-blow-and-go companies are always asking if they can maintain their yard. I have ridden a lawn tractor over it a couple times when I visit, it is still nice and smooth and thick, rick, dark green soft grass.

If you do it right the first time, you will never have to touch it again.


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