Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Warm season grasses like Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine, Centipede & Paspalum
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by joerob2211 » Fri May 17, 2019 6:11 pm

Rickk567 wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 4:49 pm
joerob2211 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 8:00 pm
Dump, spread, drag, water. Will let it dry out tomorrow and then drag again. Sand was a little wet already.

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Looks great. Where did you get your sand?
Texas sand and gravel in Alvarado TX. Great service and quality screened mason sand.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Philly_Gunner » Fri May 17, 2019 11:43 pm

@joerob2211


What’d they charge per yard? Delivery?

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by ctrav » Sat May 18, 2019 12:04 am

dmouw wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 2:40 pm
Going to test out my new lawn leveler tomorrow with 10 yards of sand.

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Super cool idea you came up with...
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by jabopy » Sat May 18, 2019 4:20 am

Another question about sand type! Is it the very fine sand or is it gritty? The stuff I used when laying bricks was quarry sand that was very fine, almost slimy when mixed, the river type sand is more gritty used for laying stone on a thicker bed. The latter giving better drainage.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by T0R0 » Sat May 18, 2019 8:46 am

Bermuda poking up through the sand...

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Gardenia bush is in full bloom! The smell is awesome!

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by joerob2211 » Sat May 18, 2019 8:50 am

Finished with the backyard late last night. Took 51 loads in the gorilla cart and I am whipped. Waiting on the rain.
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Cheesetoast » Sat May 18, 2019 12:28 pm

7 to 8 yards of brick sand. Now it's raining and raining.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Bermuda_Newbie » Sat May 18, 2019 12:37 pm

Had 3 yards delivered and dumped in small piles on my yard. Spread it and used a landscape rake and drag mat. Threw down some 46-0-0 urea after the sand was spread and watered it in. Today I can barely walk. I don't know how you guys with 10k yards do this. Probably could have used another yard but I was going with 1 yard per 1k. It was a good first leveling. Can't wait to see how it turns out and do it again next year to get the areas I couldn't quite get perfect this year.
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Cheesetoast » Sat May 18, 2019 12:55 pm

Less than 24 hours later, here we are.
Applied 7 to 8 yards of that NorTex Brick sand, Milo, grubex, and granule fungicide. Surprisingly, I'm not seeing much sand in the street.
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Cheesetoast » Sun May 19, 2019 9:15 am

I cut it at .5 inch before leveling, and want to know how long to wait before cutting it with the reel. I've been keeping my HOC at .5 since the beginning of this season, cutting every 4th day. Should I keep it at .5, or go higher for the next several weeks?

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by T0R0 » Sun May 19, 2019 11:29 am

Cheesetoast wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 9:15 am
I cut it at .5 inch before leveling, and want to know how long to wait before cutting it with the reel. I've been keeping my HOC at .5 since the beginning of this season, cutting every 4th day. Should I keep it at .5, or go higher for the next several weeks?

I was just wondering the same thing! I’m thinking of just using my rotary mower until the grass fills in more. I just had my GM1000 sharpened and hate to dull it or get sand somewhere it shouldn’t be... ie the bearings!

I’ll probably do a light scalp and reset my HOC with the reel mower after I get the big areas filled in.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Bermuda_Newbie » Sun May 19, 2019 11:48 am

It's been raining here for the past two days. This has resulted in some puddles in my sand. I'm assuming it's because of the sand that it's not sinking in because it doesn't normally make puddles on my lawn. The other theory could be it was so low I couldn't see puddles before. My question for all of you is is it worth buying a couple of bags of play sand and filling in these puddles since I can see where they are or should I just leave it until next year's leveling? I'm out of sand that was delivered but I think 3 bags of play sand would be enough.
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by erdons » Sun May 19, 2019 11:49 am

Bermuda_Newbie wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 12:37 pm
Had 3 yards delivered and dumped in small piles on my yard. Spread it and used a landscape rake and drag mat. Threw down some 46-0-0 urea after the sand was spread and watered it in. Today I can barely walk. I don't know how you guys with 10k yards do this. Probably could have used another yard but I was going with 1 yard per 1k. It was a good first leveling. Can't wait to see how it turns out and do it again next year to get the areas I couldn't quite get perfect this year.
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lol yes, always feel like i got hit by a car after leveling. You’ll be surprised how fast the grass is going to pop through the sand.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by erdons » Sun May 19, 2019 11:51 am

Bermuda_Newbie wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 11:48 am
It's been raining here for the past two days. This has resulted in some puddles in my sand. I'm assuming it's because of the sand that it's not sinking in because it doesn't normally make puddles on my lawn. The other theory could be it was so low I couldn't see puddles before. My question for all of you is is it worth buying a couple of bags of play sand and filling in these puddles since I can see where they are or should I just leave it until next year's leveling? I'm out of sand that was delivered but I think 3 bags of play sand would be enough.
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Yes either play sand or the quikrete washed plaster sand would work great for that.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Bermuda_Newbie » Sun May 19, 2019 12:27 pm

@erdons I hope it comes back quickly. I'm getting the tree trimmed on Tuesday so I fertilized the heck out of my lawn to encourage it to grow back. I took your advice and put the nitrogen on top of the sand. With all the rain, it should have really soaked in. I'm just hoping I don't have a lot of sand to fix after the tree trimmers leave.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by RLaschober » Sun May 19, 2019 1:56 pm

Leveled last thursday/friday (5/16-5/17) and within a few days and lots of rain lawn is already recovering well. We are going to be heading out of town and will either be able to mow 1) 6-7 days after leveling or 2) 13-15 days after leveling. Is option 2 too long?

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by joerob2211 » Sun May 19, 2019 3:52 pm

This is after 48 hours on the front lawn, sprinklers, rain, sprinklers. Will have pictures of the backyard this afternoon when the sand drys out and I can drag again.
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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Philly_Gunner » Sun May 19, 2019 7:54 pm

Newbie leveling question. How do you raise your sprinkler junction boxes when leveling your lawn so that they sit even with the grass and don’t create a big divot in the lawn? I have 8 of them and they already sit pretty low.

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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by Bermuda_Newbie » Sun May 19, 2019 10:31 pm

It's been since Friday that I leveled and now that the finer sand has worked it's way down, there are a lot of pebbles on the lawn. I used mason sand and also a bag of play sand which had the same tiny pebbles. Has anyone else had this? Is it normal? See pics below.
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Second question:

My husband accidentally picked up paver sand at the store instead of play sand to add to a couple of low spots since we ran out of sand. He bought 6 bags of the stuff. Can I use this?



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Re: Leveling a Bermuda Lawn

Post by erdons » Mon May 20, 2019 12:36 am

Where did you get the sand you used for the initial leveling? It might still be ok, I leveled with some sand that had pebbles like that and would manually pick the biggest ones, grass still filled in over it so it turned out ok. The paver sand actually doesn’t look too bad, the pebbles don’t seem too big on that one.

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